As if the taste and texture of crab 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 health benefits from crab 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 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, Snow or Dungeness), thawed or frozen
Fill large sauté or fry pan to 1/2-inch depth with water; add crab legs and bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes for frozen crab or 3 to 4 minutes for thawed crab, until heated-through. Drain and serve with dipping sauce of choice.
Combine peppers and garlic in food processor and process until well minced. Pulse in remaining ingredients until well combined.
Basil-Mint Pesto Sauce:
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.
Blend artichoke hearts, Parmesan cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and chives in bowl.
Variation: Bake at 350ºF until bubbly.
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.
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. 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 great prices on crab 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!
When you're ready to buy Alaskan crab legs, we're here to help. We've got a great selection in our shop, so stop in and check it out.
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