Crab with Butter Garlic Sauce

It was @TheSkivvy’s birthday on Tuesday, so to celebrate I took her out of the kitchen and on a fun-filled daytrip to Seattle. Whilst there, we picked up a new friend from their famous Pike Place Market – Curtis Crab. 

Pike Place Market, Seattle

He was already cooked and weighed in at a healthy 3 lbs. As a present to @TheSkivvy I got the nice market guys to clean him up for us. They packed him up in ice, and off we went on our merry way.

On the journey home @TheSkivvy was telling me all about her grand plans for Curtis’ shell. There were many creative ideas there. I remember when I was younger, my dad used to make a crab omelette and put it inside of the crab shell. It was very cool.

When we got home, we unwrapped Curtis, and to our dismay, the market guys had taken his shell away in the cleaning process! I felt really bad for @The Skivvy. Her face when she saw, was like a child being told she was getting dessert and then finding out dessert was celery. So I’m now on the hunt for a lone crab shell. Poor @TheSkivvy. 

As Curtis was already pre-cooked, there wasn’t a whole lot of prep to do for him. We simply whisked up a drizzle for the plump guy and poured it over him in a grill dish. I then put him on the grill, at about 250-300 for 15 minutes, with the lid closed. 

For the butter garlic sauce:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 large knobs of melted butter
  • 5 large garlic cloves (whole, slightly crushed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of peppercorns (whole)


Curtis was absolutely delicious. So fresh; so simple. Sometimes the simple recipes are the most tasty!

Lessons Learned:

  • When you buy fresh cooked crab, ask for it to be cleaned out
  • Don’t forget to tell them if you want to keep the shell 😦
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