Oven-Roasted Dungeness Crab

"A recipe from Epicurious online."
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  • 14 cup butter
  • 14 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 12 teaspoons dry crushed red pepper
  • 2 large dungeness crabs, cooked, cleaned, and cracked (about 4 1/4 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 12 cup blood orange juice or 1/2 cup regular orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated blood orange peel or 1 teaspoon regular orange peel


  • Preheat oven to 500°F Melt butter with oil in heavy large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic, shallot, and dried crushed red pepper. Add crabs; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon chopped thyme and 1 tablespoon chopped parsley over crabs. Stir to combine. Place skillet in oven and roast crabs until heated through, stirring once, about 12 minutes.
  • Using tongs, transfer crabs to platter. Add orange juice and peel to same skillet; boil until sauce is reduced by about half, about 5 minutes. Spoon sauce over crabs. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon thyme and 1 tablespoon parsley and serve.

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  1. Yummm!! Have made this twice now, and the second time I used half lemon and half orange juice,then added about 1/2 cup of dry white wine to the crabs before putting them in the oven. Next time I will double the garlic and reduce the red pepper to 1/2 teaspoon. I think this would work well with snow crab or king crab too. Double the sauce...with a crusty sourdough bread you will need it for delicious dipping! Thanks for posting carmen.


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