Lick Your Fingers Beer, Butter & Garlic Crab Legs

by Utokia Langley

Many of us have this tiny little shop where you have bought some of the most amazing and flavorful foods ever!  You know that place you only know about because you stumbled across it one day and decided to try them out!  Well there was a tiny seafood shop in Langley Park Maryland that sold buckets of butter and garlic crabs.  They would steam the crabs, cut them in half and then drench them in this butter and garlic sauce WOW!  My mother and I used to get these almost every weekend!  There was always left over butter and garlic sauce at the bottom of the bucket, for which we shamelessly swooped up with our fingers and licked our fingers until all the sauce was gone, WHEW, it was so good!

Since then the little seafood shop has closed down but I wasn’t ready to give up that euphoric experience!  So I did what I do best, I started thinking of how I could replicate and improve the recipe.  I decided to use crab legs because my husband and I love them.  I started day dreaming about the flavors from the little seafood shop and began to write down the ingredients I thought was in the butter and garlic sauce.  After three tries let me just say BAM, POW KABOOM!  I did it again baby!  If you love crab, be them whole or the legs, try this recipe you will absolutely love love love it!!!!!!  Hope you enjoy these crab legs as much as my husband and I have.  Please do not forget to LIKE my FB FAN (click here) page on my HOME PAGE (click here) and SUBSCRIBE (click here) to my blog to receive these fantastic recipes via email.  AND let us not forget about TWITTER (click here)!




4-6 Clusters of Alaskan Jumbo Snow Crab Legs
2 of the 12 Fl. Oz. bottles of beer (I used BUD ICE)
Old Bay or Seafood Seasoning (to taste)
Granulated Garlic (to taste)
Sea salt (to taste)
Ground pepper (to taste)

2 sticks of melted unsalted butter
2 tbsp. crushed garlic
8 tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
Sea salt (to taste)


  1. Clean crab legs
  2. Pour beer into a large pot, turn heat to high and bring to a boil uncovered
  3. Add Old Bay, Granulated Garlic, Sea Salt and Black Pepper to boiling beer
  4. Turn heat down to medimum
  5. Add crab legs to pot and cover
  6. Allow Crab legs to cook for 10-12 minutes
  8. In a microwavable safe container or measuring cup, add 2 sticks of unsalted butter and heat until melted
  9. After butter is melted add crushed garlic, cilantro and sea salt, whisk together until fully incorporated (be careful when you handle the butter, remember it’s hot)
  11. Remove crab legs from pot with tongs and put in alimumin pan or serving dish
  12. Pour the garlic and butter sauce evenly all over the crab legs
  13. Season the crab legs with Old Bay and serve HOT!
  14. For dipping the crab meat, you can use garlic butter sauce at bottom of dish or heat some more butter in microwavable bowl and add some apple cider vinegar, stir and dip baby dip!

TIP:  Double ingredients to make more

Utokia ~
Sizzle Sizzle Baby!


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Cecile September 7, 2012 - 9:48 am

I made these delicious crab legs last friday for my family and a few guest. OMG they were awesome! We all were ready to fight for the last couple of legs in the pan LOL. This was really easy to prepare and very tasty. You will enjoy them as much as we did. Thanks Utokia has Got Flavor for real!!!

Lamar @ BMWK September 7, 2012 - 11:48 am

Those pictures are off the hook LOL. I had Garlic crabs for the first time when we first moved to Georgia and loved them. Looking forward to trying out your recipe with the crab legs.

Aja September 7, 2012 - 1:37 pm

I am not a cook, but these look good enough to make me change my mind. In fact, I might steal them as a dinner idea for my hot dates basket. 🙂

Kirstin (the travelin diva) September 9, 2012 - 9:12 am

The pictures make your mouth water! Looks delicious.

PRprincess September 26, 2012 - 12:29 pm

I will be making these crab legs TONIGHT!!

Christa Jones December 29, 2012 - 8:15 pm

Omg going to try this recipe asap

Angie January 25, 2013 - 2:03 pm

Thanks so much for this recipe! It was easy to follow and tasted delish!!

TOURAINE February 2, 2013 - 8:23 am

Thanks for giving us a little creation in the kitchen. Amazing recipes!

jbledsoejr February 5, 2013 - 8:19 pm

This is probably the most appropriately named blog post ever! For the Super Bowl we made this. Actually, my (12-year old) daughter pretty much prepped and cooked it. OMG!!! I really cannot even say how much finger licking was goin on (we should be ashamed!)…fi-ya is all I can say! Thx for posting this recipe Utokia!!

Kim Wallace July 22, 2013 - 6:38 pm

Oh my, these are beyond delicious! Im on my third time making them and I cant even put into words how amazing they were!!! Couldnt eat them fast enough!

utokia July 24, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Hello Kim, I am so happy you love them!! Thank you for visiting come back often!!

Utokia ~
Sizzle Sizzle Baby

Maryanne June 27, 2017 - 7:22 pm

Thank you for sharing your recipe byt, how much oldbay do you recommend using?

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Almond Joy September 21, 2013 - 12:22 pm

I Will be trying these “Tasty Looking” Crabs Today…

Hope March 12, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Any water with the beer or just the beer??

Utokia March 13, 2014 - 7:43 am

yep just the beer Hope …. enjoy ~

Geneva March 14, 2014 - 1:20 am

Those look delicious. Will be trying them this weekend ;-). Keep the recipes coming

utokia March 14, 2014 - 9:53 am

Geneva OMG you have no idea, I named this dish Lick Your Fingers for a reason … it is soooo good! Thank you for visiting and trying my recipes, come back often!

geneva March 27, 2014 - 3:16 am

the name definitely matched the dish, lol. I made them for my husband for his birthday dinner and he loved them!!! first attempt=success thanks to you

utokia April 4, 2014 - 9:03 pm

Awesome Geneva!

Abby Buie March 30, 2014 - 7:19 pm

I just made these for my husband and myself! They are the best crab legs I’ve ever had!!!!! Thanks for the recipe!! 🙂 will definitely be making these again—taking them next weekend to a friends house for surf and turf night! 🙂

utokia April 4, 2014 - 9:03 pm

Awesome Abby, glad you loved them! It is a staple in my house!

Mary June 27, 2017 - 7:28 pm

Can I add potatoes, corn, eggs, and sausage to beer boil? If so, when would I add them? Thank you!

Stephanie April 9, 2014 - 1:45 pm

I am making them as I type will be trying this on crawfish as well . Thanks for the recipe.

nola May 14, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Thanks for sharing this, I’m in plans to making this in the next couple of days. Question is ….do you suggest to slit the legs length-wise before cooking? Again thank you for the recipe and shown pics makes it irresistible not to try them.

utokia May 23, 2014 - 8:06 pm

Hi Nola, no you do not split the legs, you are steaming them so you put them in as is … thank you for visiting us, come back often

amarie July 17, 2014 - 11:04 am

All i can say is wow…i live in florida where there are crab shacks all over…i did this recepie with blue crabs and its a hit! I’ve never had any with the butter that taste like this..this is an real authentic garlic crab recepie. ..Thanks soo much..

utokia July 18, 2014 - 9:48 pm

you are soo welcome Amarie, I am so happy you liked it, I hope you come back and visit for more delish recipes!

C. Brown October 11, 2014 - 2:50 pm

These look amazing. I would love to add potatoes, corn, and sausage to the pot. Can I just add to beer or should I add water?

utokia October 13, 2014 - 10:23 pm

glad you like them … sure adding your own touch will only make it even better

Rich May 11, 2015 - 9:23 am

I wanted to make this Mother’s Day special for my wife and the recipe made it that and more. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You!!!!

MissToni May 13, 2015 - 6:51 pm

Hi Utokia! I will be trying those snow crabs out with my husband this weekend. Did you do a video? I love to see you cook and taste…. You have me LMBO! LoL! I can just imagine how you snapped on the snow crabs. I love me some snow crab legs. Everytime we go out to eat that is what I order.. MM mm mmm! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

Karyn June 26, 2015 - 6:22 pm

OMG. Just tried these and they were AMAZING. I didn’t change a thing! So full of flavor and taste much better than the restaurant. Cilantro with the butter…genius! THANKS SO MUCH!!!! Very pleased.

Erika September 13, 2015 - 10:50 pm

OMG! Made this tonight and it was uh-mazing! I have always steamed crab with beer but have never tried it with the butter garlic yumminess. Thank you so much for sharing!

utokia September 30, 2015 - 2:57 pm

AWESOME Erika, I am so happy you loved it, please visit us often!

Inez December 6, 2015 - 10:12 pm

All I can say is OMG. I am so glad I found this recipe and your blog. I am a lover of crab but have never used beer or cilantro. It was amazing and oh so tasty. I cannot wait to make this again. The title She’s Got Flavor is so appropriate for you. Thank you for bringing flavor back.

utokia December 16, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Awww thank you Inez, this is why I love what I do … thanks again and hope you visit us often

Melissa January 12, 2016 - 1:20 am

You mention that these are steamed. Maybe I missed something but I don’t see where you discuss using a steaming basket or covering the pot for steaming them. They look delicious and want mine to turn out as good as yours look! If you could clarify I would certainly appreciate it.

utokia March 20, 2016 - 4:11 pm

Hi Melissa, yes it is steamed and directions do say to cover, that is after the liquid comes to a boil … have fun and enjoy

MissLove February 3, 2016 - 1:06 am

I made these tonight. Me and my hubby literally are sitting here stuffed and very happy. I had mine with a glass of red wine after. Girllllllllllllll. If I could high five you through this phone I would. Lol. Halfway through my typing he starts snoring so these definitely go into my top 2! Thank you

utokia March 20, 2016 - 4:09 pm

How awesome Maya, these are my husband favorite also, we tear them up! Oh and way to make a perfect match with the red wine!

Taneika April 17, 2016 - 12:15 pm

I am a seafoodaholic and have some friends coming into town so I am definitely going to try this recipe, however, I need to know if you can taste the beer when you’re enjoying the deliciousness b/c I don’t like beer?

utokia July 13, 2016 - 10:51 pm

no you cannot taste the beer

April April 18, 2016 - 4:17 pm

I am going to try these tonight I’ll let you know how it turns out!

David C Blood August 21, 2016 - 3:44 pm

First the clusters and then the jumbo white shrimp after removing the clusters. Thank you for the recipe.
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The pie is mango/key lime.

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Nola D September 21, 2016 - 4:57 pm

Now THIS sounds amazing!!!

Tammy August 21, 2016 - 6:56 pm

Wow Utokia! I made these crab legs last night and i must give it to you… they were amazing! Hands down the best flavored crab legs Ive ever had. I love the addtion of cilantro to the butter. At first i thought it would be over powering, but it wasnt. Ill never make crab legs any other way from here on out. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

sandy October 17, 2016 - 1:16 pm

omg!! made this yesterday, best snow crabs ever. love it! thanks

utokia November 20, 2016 - 7:49 pm

awesome Sandy

VW June 18, 2017 - 9:14 pm

Wow! So good! First time making crab legs and my family loved them!

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