Chili Lime Alaska King Crab with Jalapeno-Cilantro Butter

Alaska King Crab remains the star of the plate in this recipe with a kick.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: Crab
Servings: 4


  • 6 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 small shallot halved
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lime
  • 4 pounds Alaska King Crab legs thawed or frozen
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and minced
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 3 tbsp minced cilantro
  • 1 tbsp chili lime seasoning such as Tajin
  • Lime wedges


  • Step 1: Prepare cooking water
    Combine 5 cups water, garlic, shallot, chili powder and 1 teaspoon salt into a large Dutch oven or stock pot. Halve lime and squeeze juice into water; add lime halves to water. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Step 2: Prepare king crab
    If using frozen crab, rinse any ice glaze under cold running water. Add crab legs to pot and simmer covered for 7 to 8 minutes for frozen crab or 4 minutes for thawed crab, or until thoroughly heated. Remove crab from liquid and drain well.
  • Step 3: Prepare sauce
    Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add jalapeno and minced garlic. Cook stirring constantly until very fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Step 4: To serve
    Sprinkle crab legs with chili lime seasoning. Serve warm with butter mixture and lime wedges.


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