Lime Chipotle - Roasted Alaskan Snow Crab

April 28, 2016

Roasted Alaskan Snow Crab

Roasted Alaskan Snow Crab

Warm, delicate snow crab legs, fresh from the shell; is there anything finer? We don't think so! If you're craving a smoky, savory snow crab cluster recipe with a kick, we've got a treat for you. Many people do not know how to cook crab other than steaming or boiling, but there are some excellent benefits to other preparation methods. Roasting, for example, brings out the unique flavors hidden with the crab's shell. But if you're not sure how to roast crab, never fear. We have a wonderful and simple roasted crab recipe right here. We think it might even be the best! A little fresh lime juice, some garlic, olive oil, and agave nectar combined with the spicy kick of chipotle really step up this Alaskan snow crab recipe.

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Be prepared

It's always best to read through a recipe first and gather your ingredients before you begin your meal preparation. This is to be certain you have everything you need, and to give you time to make substitutions if necessary, without worrying about burning your meal or skipping a step. That said, we've made sure each of our recipes is easy to follow and simple to cook, giving beginner and advanced cooks alike a great place to find new recipes. Don't let this vinaigrette recipe scare you—it's easy!



Lime Chipotle Vinaigrette:

  • 1 cup rice wine vinegar or white vinegar
  • Zest and juice from 5 limes (1/2 cup fresh lime juice)
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons chipotle puree*
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups canola or olive oil
  • 4 pounds Alaska Snow Crab clusters, frozen
  • 1 cup (packed) chopped cilantro



  1. Combine all ingredients, except oil, in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth and slowly drizzle in oil.


  1. Rinse any ice glaze from frozen Alaska Snow Crab under cold water; pat dry with paper towels.

  2. Marinate crab in vinaigrette and chopped cilantro for 15 to 20 minutes, to allow flavor into shells.

  3. Preheat oven to 400º

  4. Place crab on sheet tray and roast for 10 minutes, turning and basting every 4 minutes or so.

 *Canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

 Recipe by Alaska Chef Erik Slater: "Vinaigrettes are not just for salads, and theres way more to crab than just putting a bib on and dipping some boiled legs into melted butter. Roasting crab brings out flavors from the shell that you just cant get from the steamer or a pot of water. There is a ton of flavor in those crustaceous shells! This dish brings the deep tones of roasted Alaska Snow crab with a smoky tease of Latin America. Win-win, I say"

Final words

This recipe will serve 4 – 6 people, depending on the size of the snow crab clusters and your appetite. Serve with Chipotle Corn Puree or Cauliflower Puree and grilled/roasted vegetables. The chef suggests you skip the butter! If you're looking for a great place to buy snow crab, look no further than Global Seafoods. We're a trusted name in the seafood business! With our unbeatable money-back guarantee, you can't go wrong with us. Check out our customer reviews and see for yourself that we stand behind every purchase.

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