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When I was a child, I HATED seafood. I especially disliked crab legs because it seemed so barbaric eating the meat out of a carcass. Now I LOVE crab legs and my favorite is this easy seafood crab platter.
Random fact: My family had a cookoff last Christmas. I won with this recipe.
My family can’t get enough of this platter, and days like this when I crave seafood soooo bad, I have to make me a seafood tray featuring my cilantro garlic butter sauce to throw on top of all this deliciousness! Seafood trays can be pricey so a great way to cut the price is to make it yourself! It’s so easy and so delicious!
I LOVE king crab legs (my favorite… but pricey) but feel free to use whatever crab legs you like such as snow crab legs (which I use sometimes too). I also add shrimp, potatoes and corn because I already have a muffin top, I might as well to it. You can also add sausage which I add occasionally. If you want to eat a vegetable with it, I recommend artichokes.
I like to add lots of seafood seasoning (*cough* ol bay *cough*) to my tray. You can literally throw everything in one pot (minus the crab legs, which I like to steam in a separate pot with beer, lemon and ol bay seasoning). Again, seafood trays are easy. If it’s hard, you’re doing too much!
Crab Platter Ingredients:
4-6 King Crab Legs
Beer (I use whatever is cheap at the store)
Old Bay or Seafood Seasoning (to taste)
2 Lemons cut in half
Red Potatoes or any small potatoes
Crab Platter Directions:
In one pot, bring 5 quarts of water to boil. Squeeze lemon juice into water and then add the lemon halves to water. Add seafood seasonings (to taste). I, personally, like to add a lot.
Add potatoes and allow to cook until tender (remember the smaller the potatoes, the quicker they cook!). Once tender add in frozen corn (5-8 minutes). Reduce heat to medium-low and add shrimp (should be completely submerged) about 5 minutes. Feel free to add more seafood seasonings as you add each component to the pot. If you’re adding in sausage, you would throw it in the pot right before the shrimp.
In a separate pot combine beer, seafood seasoning, and lemon halves. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium, add crab legs and cover pot. Allow to steam for 10 minutes (crab legs should be red).
Cilantro Butter Garlic Sauce (for the Crab Platter)
2 sticks of melted unsalted butter
3 tbsp crushed garlic
8 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp onion powder
Salt & Pepper(to taste)
1-2 tbsp of lemon juice
Directions: Add all of the butter sauce ingredients together and whisk together until its thick. Pour on the tray!
Now be prepared to DEVOUR! If you end up trying this recipe, please let me know!
I usually don’t post food recipes on this blog but my friends and family rave about this crab platter so much (and ask for the recipe) that I had to share! Why? Because sharing is caring!
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