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Roasted Chili Butter Crab Legs

Demetra Overton
Prep Time 6 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 26 mins
Servings 4 -6 servings


  • 2 pounds snow crab legs
  • 2 sticks 8 ounces of unsalted butter-softened
  • 2 garlic cloves -chopped
  • 1-3 tablespoons of Sriracha OR red pepper flakes OR red chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
  • 3 chopped scallions


  • Thaw the crab legs in the refrigerator over night OR thaw the crab legs under cool running water for about 15 minutes
  • Pat the crab legs dry
  • Cut a slit in the crab legs. See the picture in the post above.
  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Mix the chopped garlic, sriracha (or red pepper flakes), salt, lemon juice, parsley and scallions with the soft butter.
  • Rub the snow crab legs with the butter mixture and turn to coat and place them in a roasting pan
  • Cover the roasting pan with foil and bake for 10 minutes
  • Turn the crab legs over, cover with foil again and bake for another 10 minutes
  • Serve with bread and a LOT of napkins