Crabs - Garlic Butter Baked Crab Legs

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

I have tried and tried again to re-create the garlic butter crab legs that taste like the crabs from my favorite crab joint-The Crab House on Pier 39 in San Francisco. I have finally done it!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Meanwhile, grab yourself a small saucepan. On med low heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic (I prefer a press) and LIGHTLY saute. Squeeze in the juice of the citrus of choice. If using a lemon, squeeze the juice into your hands so that you can remove the seeds with ease. Turn the heat to low and let those flavors mesh until the oven is nice and hot. Toss in as much salt (to taste) and a couple pinches of parsley. Then whisk in that olive oil with a fork. Turn off your burner.
  2. Arrange your tasty crustaceans in a 9x13 baking dish, brushing each leg with the sauce. ***TASTY TIP*** I use an injector to pop a *little* extra UMPH into my crabs. Pour any remaining sauce over those puppies. Now toss the pan into the oven on the center rack.
  3. Bake your crabs for about 25 minutes or so (depending on how thick the legs you have are), brushing the sauce from the bottom of the pan onto the legs every 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with a few pinches o' parsley for garnish.
  4. I am a lazy gal, detest doing more dishes than I have to, and am a firm believer in the "waste not, want not" phrase. With that said, I just serve the crab in the same dish I baked it in so I can dip the meat into the tasty sauce, savoring every last drop. If you are the opposite, use tongs and place them on a platter and pour the buttery-goodness into ramekins. VOILA! Crab House comparable delicacy! "Ohhhh my CRAAAABS!
Most Helpful

This recipe is fantastic!!! I will admit I was a little skepital on baking instead of steaming. But these turned out perfect. We made it with snow crab legs and the 25 min. was spot on. I also love the butter sauce. It was the perfect blend of garlic, butter and citrus. I will be adding this to our family recipe file as our go to crab leg recipe. Thanks for sharing!!

MommyWhoBakes May 27, 2010

EXCELLENT!!!!!!! I did without the lime and added old bay and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Omg!!!!! Thanks for this idea. I never thought baking these things would be so good. I used snow crab and blue crabs that were already cooked.

fatskinnygirl April 14, 2013

I made this recipe as a brunch item for my birthday and it was a hit!! That was December 2015, and my friends and family have been asking me to make it for them ever since. I actually used the EVOO and butter when I sauteed my garlic and I added some additional seasonings to the sauce mixture like garlic powder (for that extra garlic flavor), onion powder and paprika. I will be making these again real soon!! Thanks!

Alfreda T. May 23, 2016