Garlic Crab

Garlic Crab

  • Prep Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hrs 20 mins
  • Servings: 4
  • About This Recipe

    “This is a simi difficult recipe, but the result is ever so delectable. I had something like this at Crustaceans in San Francisco. They used the wonderful Dungeness crabs, but here in Virginia I had to settle for Blue crabs, which turned out just as nice.”


  • 8crabs, cleaned and cracked
  • 1whole bulb of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1smallonion, chopped
  • 1 -2cupbutter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoonsalt
  • 1/2 teaspoonground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoonred chili pepper flakes
  • garnish

  • chopped parsley
  • lemon slice
  • Directions

  • Place garlic, onions, butter, salt, red and black pepper into a roasting pan and put into a 450 degree oven.
  • Be sure to watch carefully and cook until onions and garlic turn golden brown.
  • Remove from oven, add crab and blend thoroughly.
  • Make sure the crab (shells and all) is coated.
  • Place pan back into oven on 475 degree for 15-20 minutes, turning crab about every 5 minutes.
  • After the crab has been heated throughout remove from oven.
  • Garlic sauce should be braised onto the shell of the crab.
  • Serve as soon as possible, sprinkled with parsley and garnished with lemon.
  • Reviews

  • “I adapted this recipe for 3 lbs. snow crab leggs and it was delicious. my husband couldn’t get enough and he rarley eats crab. I have been looking for this recipe for five years. Thank you, thank you,thank you.”

  • “This was the best garlic crab I have ever eaten!!!!!”

  • “Very easy and very tasty!Would definitely cook again.Not sure why it states 50 min prep; I was able to put this together in about 15 min.”

  • “I was so very excited to try to this recipe.It was better that alot of the restaurants in this area.I love garlic crabs, but they canbe very expensive.This recipe made it possible for my whole family to enjoy garlic crabs for half of what we would have spent at a restaurant.”

  • “Goodness….  I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and I have Been to the Crustacean Restaurant and had their wonderful Roasted Garlic Dungeness Crab. It’s very good. But I can tell you that this was better ! Better garlic flavor here and spicier(due to the red pepper flakes). I did not veer from the recipe and I’m glad I did not. This was sooo good I just about ate the leftover shells ! Good Job Jessica :)”

  • “This is a fabulous crab recipe, being West Coast residents, we have a lot of Dungeness crabs.after I remove the crab, I like to add some OJ & a little grated rind to the butter sauce and cook down a little. Eat with your hands and mop up juice with bread. YUMMY!campchef eileen”

  • “Absolutely the best!We are fortunate to have crabs a lot in the summer and my family loves this dish.Great with hard rolls to mop up the butter/garlic combo.”