Wild Alaskan Crab Legs

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I have been talking a lot lately about healthier meal choices, and seafood is one protein that the doctors and I can agree on! Salmon is usually my go to seafood of choice, but this time I decided to change things up. This time we are having a Wild Alaskan Crab Legs feast complete with Garlic Herb Butter …..

Wild Alaska Crab Legs served with three dipping sauces. cookingwithcurls.com

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing, and Basil Pesto Mayo dipping sauces. We all know how much kids love to dip things, right? Well I have come up with several different options that are sure to make everyone in the family happy. Not only is this meal delicious, but it is also really simple to prepare.

How to make Wild Alaskan Crab Legs:

Garlic Herb Butter:

Heat the butter, garlic, dill, lemon juice, and pepper in a small saucepan until the butter is melted…..

Wild Alaskan Crab Legs butter cookingwithcurls.com

Set the butter aside. I used a combination of defrosted Wild Alaskan King and Snow Crab Legs,{Dungeness Crab would be excellent as well}. Place them on a baking sheet {or two} and bake in a preheated 425 degree oven…..

Wild Alaskan Crab Legs broil cookingwithcurls.com

for 4 to 6 minutes. They are already cooked, so we just need to heat them.

I placed a plastic garbage bag on top of a fun red checkered tablecloth…..

Wild Alaskan Crab Legs plastic cookingwithcurls.com

Then covered the table with newspaper…..

Wild Alaskan Crab Legs paper cookingwithcurls.com

When the crab legs are heated, just dump them out onto the newspaper…..

Wild Alaska Crab Legs for dinner tonight. cookingwithcurls.com

You will also want to include a bucket {or bowl} for the shells, some lemon wedges, nutcrackers to break the shells, napkins, and seafood forks…..

Wild Alaskan Crab Legs with dipping sauces and potato wedges. cookingwithcurls.com

I tried to get actual crab leg crackers, but they were sold out. My good old nutcracker {the one that I grew up with} worked perfectly. You will need to help the littlest in the family with the hard shells, but my kids have been able to crack them by themselves since they were about 5 years old. 😉

What do you serve with Crab Legs?

Serve your Wild Alaskan Crab Legs with your choice of dipping sauce and Baked Potato Wedges…..

Wild Alaskan Crab Legs with Garlic Herb Butter cookingwithcurls.com

Personally, my favorite dipping sauce is the Garlic Herb Butter…..

Wild Alaska Crab Legs dipped in Garlic Herb Butter. cookingwithcurls.com

but the Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce…..

Wild Alaskan Crab Legs with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce cookingwithcurls.com

and the Basil Pesto Mayo are delicious as well…..

Wild Alaskan Crab Legs with Basil Pesto Mayo cookingwithcurls.com

To make the Basil Pesto Mayo, simply mix 1/4 cup of Basil Pesto with 1 cup of mayonnaise. BAM…..done!

How many crab legs do you need?

When purchasing Alaska crab legs, it is recommended that you purchase 1 to 2 pounds per person. If you have big eaters, or only serving crab, you will want to purchase extra….just to be safe. 😉

More delicious seafood recipes:

Huckleberry Glazed Salmon with Goat Cheese Whipped Potatoes

Guinness Glazed Salmon

Beer Batter Cod {Fish & Chips}

Crab Rangoons

Southwest Crab Chowder

Broiled Lobster Tails

Has your family had a Crab Feast before? If not, are you ready to give it a try?


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Wild Alaskan Crab Legs

I decided to change things up for dinner and prepare a Wilda Alaskan Crab Leg feast complete with Garlic Herb Butter, Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing, and Basil Pesto Mayo dipping sauces!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crab, seafood, sauce, dipping, recipe, feast, butter, garlic
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 692kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 4 Pounds Wild Alaska King Crab Legs
  • 4 Pounds Snow Crab Legs

Garlic Herb Butter

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill weed
  • teaspoon white pepper
  • sea salt to taste


  • Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Heat butter, garlic, dill, lemon juice, and pepper in a small sauce pan over low heat until completely melted. Set aside, and reheat if necessary before serving.
  • Place crab legs on a baking sheet (or two) and bake for 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Dump crab legs out on a newspaper lined table, and serve with dipping sauces and lemon wedges.


Basil Pesto Mayo


Calories: 692kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 100g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 376mg | Sodium: 2289mg | Potassium: 1837mg | Vitamin A: 1145IU | Vitamin C: 25.7mg | Calcium: 270mg | Iron: 2.4mg

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  1. Yum! I have never made crab legs at home – it’s something I order out! I think I need to change that soon! 🙂

  2. I love Alaskan Wild Seafood — I buy the salmon the most, and shrimp and halibut next! I rarely buy crab legs and you’ve made it look really easy to prepare — plus the fixins like those potatoes and garlic herb butter sound like the perfect way to enjoy them!

  3. Oh my….we LOVE crab legs and made them for the first time on NYE. Of course, we had no idea what we were doing…..but you can’t go wrong with crab! Maybe next time I’ll have to follow this delicious looking recipe!!!

  4. Lisa, this looks like so much DELICIOUS fun! I love the facts you included about Alaskan seafood- I didn’t know those things, either. Stuff like that matters to me. 🙂 Thank you for sharing at Treasure Box Tuesday!

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