Baked Crab Legs in Butter Sauce

Baked Crab Legs in Butter Sauce

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4-6


  • 2 pounds crab legs (pre-cooked and thawed if frozen)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Prepare the Crab Legs:
    • Use kitchen shears to carefully cut along the length of the crab legs to make it easier to eat and to allow the butter sauce to penetrate.
    • Arrange the crab legs in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Make the Butter Sauce:
    • In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, minced garlic, lemon juice, paprika, dried parsley, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create the butter sauce.
  4. Coat Crab Legs:
    • Brush the butter sauce generously over the crab legs, making sure to coat them evenly.
  5. Bake the Crab Legs:
    • Place the baking sheet with the crab legs in the preheated oven.
    • Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the crab legs are heated through and the butter sauce is bubbling and fragrant.
  6. Serve:
    • Carefully transfer the baked crab legs to a serving platter.
    • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and serve hot with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the crab meat.


  • If your crab legs are still frozen, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before using.
  • For added flavor, you can sprinkle some Old Bay seasoning or seafood seasoning over the crab legs before brushing them with the butter sauce.
  • Serve the baked crab legs with additional melted butter or a side of garlic aioli for dipping.

Nutritional Information (per serving, based on 4 servings):

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Total Fat: 25g
    • Saturated Fat: 15g
    • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 130mg
  • Sodium: 550mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 1g
    • Dietary Fiber: 0g
    • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 30g

Enjoy these delicious baked crab legs in butter sauce as a delightful seafood dish that’s perfect for special occasions or a flavorful weeknight meal!

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