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Crock Pot Crab Legs Budget Friendly Dinner Party

Updated on October 22, 2012

Easy Crock Pot Crab Legs

Today I have another favorite recipe of mine. Being a recent graduate I am very strapped for time, but this recipe is so easy I can enjoy delicious seafood in no time. These come out so perfectly. The taste it is just as good as you would find at any seafood restaurant. I would recommend you try this out and be budget friendly at the same time. Check out your local grocery store and look for times when snow crab legs go on sale.This is a great meal to make for your family or friends at a dinner party.

What you need:

-Oval Crock Pot (Round works too but with the awkward shape of crab legs you can fit more in an oval one)

-3 Pounds of Snow Crab Legs

-1/2 Stick of Unsalted Butter

-4 Minced Garlic Cloves

-1 TSP of Dill

-Lemons and Butter for Garnish (Optional)

Now that you have all of your supplies and ingredients you can begin! Set aside 4 hours for this crock pot delicacy to be completed. This leaves you plenty of time to do some work around the house, read a book, or just spend time with your friends or family. I always find that I can prepare quite a few blogs during this time as well.

  1. Rinse those crab legs off. You always want to be sure to rinse your seafood.
  2. Place the crab legs into the crock pot and fill with water until the crab legs are covered.
  3. Grab a small bowl and melt the ½ cup of unsalted butter and then mix in the 1TSP of dill and 4 cloves of minced garlic.
  4. Pour the butter mixture on top of the crab legs in the crock pot
  5. Cover your crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours (NOTE: If your crab legs are frozen then I would suggest cooking an extra 20-30 minutes.)
  6. Serve with melted butter and lemon wedges.

Now you have sweet and tender snow crab legs for you and your loved ones to enjoy. So much easier than lugging out that huge pot and risking steam burns. You just flick on your crock pot in the morning and go about your business until it is time to share a special meal with your loved ones. In terms of nutrition information for a 123 g serving size or about the size of a cup, this comes in at about 302 calories, 16.3 g of fat, 1.5 g of Carbohydrates, and 40 mg of cholesterol. This is much healthier compared to many restaurant style crab legs. I would recommend serving this with some tasty veggies and either quinoa or brown rice.

To make this meal extra special I will show you how I would set the table for this event too. Make yourselves feel like royalty. If you are on a budget this is no problem, because many dollar store items can give you the exact high end look. Get yourself some gorgeous dishes, I am one for lots of color, but you can also keep it neutral with white and play up the table décor instead. Dollar stores have wine glasses, serving dishes, and much more. If you are looking for a particular style I would also check out goodwill or Salvation Army too. Get some pretty tea light holders and gold sparkled branches too. This is simple and yet effective way to impress your guests. Since crab legs can get messy I would suggest getting place mats that compliment your décor, but are also easily cleaned for future use.

If you are having a dinner party and want to have some wine for your guests then I have a few suggestions for you. There is no need to break the bank when it comes to wine. There have been numerous contests for wine tastings and many of the best wines were under $15.00! Now since I am girly I like my wine a rose color. Thus, I choose Parallele 45 Cotes du Rhone Rose wine from France and it is only $12.00. I find this wine to be very refreshing.

My wine suggestion from the United States would be Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut also $12.00. The two wines named are truly great wines that have been given high reviews across the board.

There you have it! You have been given an easy recipe, décor, and wine suggestions. Now all that is left for you to do is to invite some of your friends and family over. For those new to crab legs below is also a simple helpful video on how to get the meat out of those crab legs. Typically I would recommend getting the instrument used for cracking the crab legs open, but you don't really have to. I normally just use my hands. For guests coming to your home it would also be nice to have disposable moist towelettes for them to clean their hands with after dinner. I hope you will enjoy these tasteful and budget friendly ideas for a fabulous seafood dinner!


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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i love seafoods..crabs..lobsters..prawns..shrimps.. oh my gos, they're all my fave. thanks for this great recipe.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Oh yeah, one of my favorite foods bar none. I'm a seafood lover at heart and even when I was a young one, I would always tell my folks that I want "Scrabble eggs" ( a 5 year old's way of saying crab legs). Love the hub, going to use this recipe soon. Well done! Voting up!

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      You will definitely enjoy these then! They come out much better than they do at the buffets.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Yum! Thanks for the recipe and tips. I don't cook crab legs very often, but whenever I go to a Chinese buffet, I usually go straight to the crab leg tray first!

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      These are sooooooo delicious! Enjoy them! Thanks

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great well written hub and great recipe. Love crab legs !!! Will try !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !