This recipe is private

Simple Boiled Crabs with Garlic-Vermouth Butter

Annacia *


Use either Dungeness or blue crabs for this recipe. The tangy butter serves as a fantastic complement to the sweetness of the crab meat. The recipe and photo are from Coastal Living Magazine.


☆☆☆☆☆ 0 votes

10 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


Add to Grocery List

1/2 c
garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp
chopped fresh chervil, parsley, or chives
1 Tbsp
vermouth or white wine if you prefer
1 tsp
lemon zest
1 tsp
fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp
freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp
1 1/2 c
cider vinegar
lemons, sliced
1/2 c
kosher salt
1/4 c
seafood seasoning
live dungeness crabs or 6 live blue crabs

How to Make Simple Boiled Crabs with Garlic-Vermouth Butter


  • 1Combine first 8 ingredients in a small pan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes or until butter melts. Keep warm.
  • 2Combine 6 quarts water, vinegar, and next 3 ingredients in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • 3While water is heating, set crabs on a rimmed baking sheet or tray, and put in freezer. (This makes handling the crabs easier--they should be well chilled but not frozen; don't leave them in freezer more than 30 minutes.)
  • 4When water has come to a rolling boil, grab each crab securely at the back of its shell, and gently but swiftly drop it headfirst into the boiling water.
  • 5Cover pot, and return water to a boil. Cook Dungeness crabs 18 to 20 minutes and blue crabs 5 minutes. Drain, clean, and serve with the warm butter sauce.

Printable Recipe Card

About Simple Boiled Crabs with Garlic-Vermouth Butter

Course/Dish: Seafood
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

Show 4 Comments & Reviews

16 Delectable Lobster Recipes

16 Delectable Lobster Recipes

Kitchen Crew@JustaPinch

Mmmm that luscious lobster taste is so dang good and drool-worthy...but how exactly do you cook it? Well check out these delectable lobster recipes you’re sure to love! Lobster Tails...

Why Is Salmon So Healthy? Recipe

Why Is Salmon So Healthy?

Kitchen Crew@JustaPinch

It’s often said to incorporate more fish into eating habits when living a healthy lifestyle. And salmon, typically, is one of the types most mentioned to eat. But have you...