Baked Crab Legs in Butter Sauce

Baked crab legs in butter sauce is a rich and flavorful seafood dish that brings out the natural sweetness of crab. Baking the crab legs in a rich butter sauce adds additional flavors while keeping the meat moist and tender. Here’s a recipe for baked crab legs in butter sauce to get you started:


  • 2 pounds of crab legs (pre-cooked)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning (or your preferred seafood seasoning)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
  • Lemon wedges (for serving)


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. To fit the crab legs in your baking dish, carefully cut them into manageable pieces using kitchen shears or a sharp knife. To help the butter sauce penetrate the meat, crack the shell just a little.
  3. Melted butter, minced garlic, lemon juice, Old Bay seasoning, paprika, salt, and pepper should all be combined in a small bowl. Stir thoroughly to combine.
  4. Place the crab legs in a single layer in a baking dish.
  5. Making sure the crab legs are thoroughly covered, pour the butter sauce mixture over them. A small portion of the butter sauce should be set aside for later use.
  6. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, creating a tight seal.
  7. Bake the crab legs in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until they are heated through.
  8. Change the oven’s setting to broil after removing the foil. The tops of the crab legs should be golden and slightly crispy after an additional 2 to 3 minutes of broiling.
  9. Remove the crab legs from the oven and drizzle them with the reserved butter sauce.
  10. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.
  11. Serve the baked crab legs hot with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the meat.

As a delicious seafood treat, savor the succulent and flavorful baked crab legs in butter sauce. Serve them as the centerpiece of a seafood feast or as an appetizer along with your preferred side dishes.