Cook King Crab Legs with Dipping Sauces

April 28, 2016

King Crab Legs with Dipping Sauces

Alaska Red King crab legs with dipping sauces recipe

One of the best parts of eating crab is cracking open the shells and then dipping the steaming, rich meat into a puddle of melted butter. While there is nothing wrong with that timeless classic, eating crab legs can go so far beyond just butter, so we'd love to show you some new ideas. How about a spicy roasted red pepper rouille sauce with garlic and lemon? Lemon and crab go together beautifully, so don't miss that one. Now, imagine dipping that warm white meat in a fresh batch of basil-mint pesto. Mint brings out a side of crab we bet you haven't tasted yet. 

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There's more, too, so keep reading! With this recipe, you can use frozen or thawing crab legs, so don't worry about spending too much extra time if you're in a hurry. With 2 pounds of crab legs, you can serve two to four people. If you need more, the recipes are very easy to adjust. Ready to start learning how to cook Alaskan King crab with dipping sauces? Let's get started!

Why crab?

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As if the taste and texture of crab meat wasn't enough reason to eat it as often as possible, it's also packed with incredible nutrition. Along with that rich, decadent flavor comes a huge boost of omega-3 fatty acids and protein, a good amount of selenium, and even a dose of vitamin B12. The list of carb health benefits includes improved bone health, mental activity, it protects the heart, and helps eliminate inflammation. The list goes on from there, too, but we know you'd like to get on with the eating, so we'll leave it at that. 

 Just know that Alaska crab is delicious and nutritious, and it doesn't have to cost a fortune to get all these benefits.


3 to 4 pounds Alaska Crab legs (King CrabSnow crab legs or Dungeness crab)thawed or frozen. Fill large sauté or fry pan to 1/2-inch depth with water; add King crab legs and bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes for frozen crab legs or 3 to 4 minutes for thawed crab, until heated-through. Drain and serve with dipping sauce of choice.

Alaskan king crab legs


Rouille Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup bottled roasted red peppers
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2/3 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Combine peppers and garlic in food processor and process until well minced. Pulse in remaining ingredients until well combined.

Basil-Mint Pesto Sauce:

2 cups fresh basil leaves

  • 1-1/2 cups fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Combine basil, mint, oil, walnuts, garlic and lemon juice in a food processor; puree until smooth. Add Parmesan and pulse until well combined.

Variation: For a creamier sauce, combine 1/4 cup Basil-Mint Pesto sauce with 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise.

Mediterranean Dip:

  • 1 jar (6.5 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (dehydrated or drained), chopped
  • 1 can (4 oz.) sliced olives, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives OR 2 Tablespoons sliced green onions

Blend artichoke hearts, Parmesan cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and chives in bowl.

Variation: Bake at 350ºF until bubbly.

alaska king crab

Butter Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted melted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • Dash white pepper

Blend ingredients together in a bowl. Cook's Tip: Dips can also be prepared up to two days in advance, reheating butter sauce as needed.

Our final thoughts on King crab Espanola

It's true that you can buy King crab legs with dipping sauces, however you're stuck with whatever cheap sauces the store offers you. They may be okay, but do they really bring out the best flavors of your crab? We don't think so.

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When you choose to make this dish yourself, you save money and you get to adjust any of these ingredients to fit your own personal taste. Like a lot of spice? Add more chili flakes! Not a fan of spice? You can leave the chili flakes out. Prefer full fat mayo? That will work great, too. It's all up to you! Thanks to the giant crab prices right now, you can even make this meal for four or more people and still save some money. If you're a fan of king crab legs with dipping sauces, we'd like to hear from you. Did you try any of our sauces, or do you have a recipe for a favorite sauce of your own? Tell us in the comments!

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