Crab Legs with Brown Butter Dipping Sauce


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Crab Legs with Brown Butter Dipping Sauce

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    Alaskan crab legs are not just for special occasions and thanks to the Hy-Vee Fish Market, they are in stock, year round!  Served with a nutty brown butter and honey dipping sauce, grab the napkins and enjoy this delicious treat!

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 10
    Crab Legs
    1 (3-oz.) pkg. Zatarain’s crawfish shrimp & crab boil in bag seasoning
    2 lemons, thinly sliced; plus additional lemons for garnish
    5 lbs. Fish Market frozen or thawed Alaska snow crab clusters
    Brown Butter Dipping Sauce
    1 c. Hy-Vee unsalted butter
    1 lemon, zested and juiced
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee Dijon mustard
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee honey, plus additional to taste
    Coarsely ground Hy-Vee sea salt, to taste
    Finely chopped fresh chives, for garnish

    Things To Grab

    • 16- to 20-qt. stock pot
    • Small saucepan
    • Wooden spoon
    • Whisk
    • Small heat-safe serving bowl
    • Tongs
    • Large serving platter


    1. Fill a 16- to 20-qt. stock pot with water; bring to a boil. Add the unopened bag of seasoning and sliced lemons. Reduce heat; cover and gently simmer for 20 minutes.

    2. Meanwhile, for dipping sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Cook butter until it begins to foam. Continue cooking for 30 to 60 seconds or until butter turns golden brown and begins to smell nutty, stirring often. Remove from heat.

    3. Immediately whisk lemon zest and juice, mustard and 1 Tbsp. honey into brown butter; season to taste with additional honey and salt. Pour into a heat-safe serving bowl. Garnish with minced chives.

    4. Add crab legs to stock pot. Cover and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes for thawed crab clusters or 5 to 10 minutes for frozen crab clusters, or until heated through (145°F). Remove and cool slightly.

    5. Transfer crab clusters to a large serving platter. Garnish with additional lemons. Serve with brown butter for dipping.

    Recipe Source:

    Seafood without the Catch on HSTV