I don’t often cook with crab or stone crab claws. I can’t find crab that easily around here but then if there is any crab available at all, it’s quite an expensive treat. However if I see a bargain and crab on sale I definitely go for it because I just love crab! Well, who doesn’t?!
And no, I’m definitely not talking about the fake crab sticks and stuff, also known as surimi. So one fine day I stumbled upon these frozen stone crab claws. I know, that’s not the best of the best but it will do. And because they were on sale for a very sweet price, I bought a whole bunch of them.
Stone Crab Claws with Cilantro Butter & Old Bay
Well it probably goes without saying that you can also use fresh crab claws. Just boil them just a tad longer (you can find clear instructions in the recipe below). I just added the frozen claws to the seasoned water and then basically let the crab thaw for a couple of minutes, done.
OK so next up is that lush butter sauce to go with the crab meat. I was first thinking of making some sort of green curry sauce. But in the end I kept it quite natural because that stone crab flavor is pretty subtle and perfectly fine. No need to add very strong flavors to it.
The Old Bay seasoning is a great match for this crab recipe! I got it from an American friend who told me it tastes just great in combination with seafood. Spot on, I love it flavor!
Do you love crab and Old Bay seasoning?
Plump stone crab claws in cilantro butter, ready for a great seafood dinner?
- 8 stone crab claws (fresh or frozen)
- 1 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- a handful fresh cilantro chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 garlic clove peeled
- garlic powder
- 2 handfuls ice cubes
Fill a high pan with water and add 2 teaspoons of Old Bay seasoning, garlic and bay leaves. Also season with a dash of pepper and salt.
Place the pan over high heat until boiling. Then add the crab claws.
Then lower the heat and boil the claws: 8 minutes if they are fresh, 5 minutes if frozen. In the meantime prepare an ice bath: fill a bowl with cold water and add the ice cubes. Then place this in the fridge. Once the crab is boiled, take the pan off the heat and transfer the claws using a slotted spoon to the ice bath.
Let the claws chill for 5 minutes, then drain them. Then open the claws by gently tapping on the claw with the back of a knife blade, turning the claw until it cracks open.
- Do the same with the crab knuckles.
Open up the remaining claws.
Add the butter to a large non-stick pan and place it over medium heat until melted. Season with pepper, salt, garlic powder and Old Bay seasoning. Then add the chopped cilantro.
Stir well and then add the crab.
Don't stir it but let it warm through for about 7 minutes. Drizzle regularly with the cilantro butter. Then check the seasoning and add extra pepper, salt or Old Bay seasoning to taste. Then divide the crab over 2 plates and drizzle with the remaining butter sauce. Serve hot.