Spicy Tomato Garlic Crab Legs

It’s so nice to have a son who works in the food industry because often I’m on the receiving end of so many nice foodie gifts.

Like the other day when he called me and said ” Mom, I’m stopping by on my way home, I’m dropping something off.” I opened the door and in he walks with this huge box that he just plopped on my counter and said, ” This will be a nice blog post for you!”.
Inside the box were leg sections of rock crab, also known as peeky toe crab. Rock crab may not be as famous as dungeness but believe me they are just as tasty, a little more difficult to get to that sweet meat out but definitely worth the effort!
Most of the meat is in the legs any way and as you can see we had no shortage in the leg department, I could have fed my whole neighborhood, instead I sent my daughter home with a huge bag, she left with a huge smile.

The day that I made them they were still slightly frozen so I got out the biggest pot I could find boiled up some water and stuck them in for 5 minutes, when I scooped them out they were perfectly warmed throughout.

We enjoyed this as our Sunday dinner with a little garlic bread, talking, cracking crab and dipping it into our favorite sauces. Our dipping sauces were of course warm butter with lemon, also a remoulade sauce that I picked up from Whole Foods, which was very good and because I like things spicy with an Italian flair, I made a spicy tomato garlic sauce which I’m giving you the recipe for below.

Thanks Tony, it was crab-o-licious!
Spicy Tomato Garlic Sauce
1 head of roasted garlic, squeezed and mashed
1 heaping tablespoon of Sambal Oelek ( ground fresh chili paste) optional
1 cup of white wine
4 tablespoons of butter
3 cups of fresh diced tomatoes, or you can use canned
fresh chopped parsley
Heat the butter in a pan, add the roasted garlic, deglaze with wine, let it cook down a bit, add the chili paste or red pepper flakes if you so desire, the tomatoes and fresh chopped parsley.
I like to spoon mine all over and dip as I go!
Have a great weekend and Buon Appetito!
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  1. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S..I’m an Italian proud to have a friend blogger like you!!!Hugs, Flavia

  2. Lucky!! What a nice son.

  3. oh lucky lucky you to receive a nice lil basket of goodies. and you did them right. love it.

  4. Oh my goodness – what a wonderful thing to receive. My good friend’s son is the manager of an upscale restaurant. One day the owner decided to completely change the menu – they closed the restaurant for a couple of weeks and were about to throw away all the frozen meat and seafood, so he asked if he could take it home – the owner said yes, and the ate like kings for months. Now why don’t such things every happen to me?


  5. Wow, what a great gift from such a nice son. Crabs in tomato sauce are one of my favorite childhood memories.

  6. How lucky are you!!!! Love this method of cooking them as well. I would need a bib:D

  7. Even if I don’t get the crab, I would use that tomato sauce, i was just already imagining what i could use it on!

  8. I shall send this to my son encouraging him to go into the food industry – although it’s (sigh) probably too late. During Lent, all the stores seem to put crab legs on sale – and then we feast. Now we will feast with that delectable, spicy sauce.

  9. Mmmmm – what a thoughtful son!

  10. My son’s in the wrong industry…but I still love him because he does share my love of food, cooking, blogging and photography…so I got a pretty good deal too!

  11. You are sooooooooo lucky. Those crab legs look amazing.

  12. What a sweet son! I love your spicy tomato garlic sauce with the crabs – fantastic!

  13. You are a lucky Mom for sure, Marie! I never thought to use Sambal Oelek in my Italian tomato sauce, but I do love a kick and will have to give it a try. Yum!

  14. It souns sooo good, compliments! in italy it’s difficult find Grabs, we can find “pulp” like this

  15. These looks so delicious! I love spicy and saucy and to top on crab, great idea! And lucky you for having a generous son!

  16. Oh my goodness, Marie! I can eat that entire platter full of crab! It looks so good!

  17. These sound wonderful. I agree. It’s always good to have a family member in the food industry for all the extra special treats.

  18. I love crab . Being from Maryland naturally. Nice to see it wih an Italian Flair!

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