Flavourful but simple spicy and buttery crab perfect for a special occasion dinner!
Welcome to Week 2 and Day 2 of Seafood Week. When I do a thing I do it all the way!
Seafood Week was dreamed up from laziness. No really. It’s totally true. I wanted some time off work and asked some of my blogging peeps to guest post for me. I had so many amazing seafood-loving friends that I had enough posts for two weeks off. Score!
So what am I doing this week? I’d like to say I’m building the “mason jar wall of shelves that will blow your mind”. However our budget is blown from paying off debt and there’s no overtime for hubs at work right now. So we’ve put a hold on projects for a little bit. In the interim I’m doing super important things. Like watching Netflix, and napping.
Today I’d like to welcome my buddy Bernadette from Rants from My Crazy Kitchen. She’s a hoot and a half. Plus she’s a total sweetheart. I like my friends to be funny, smart and up for anything. Bernadette is all of those things. I’m so happy she agreed to let me make her do all my work for me today. I’m a giver.
Hi everyone! I’m Bernadette from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen. I live in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania with my husband, daughter that will be 5 in July, and our almost 2-year-old beagle named Bella. I started blogging just over two years ago, and my blog features all sorts of different recipes, from appetizers to desserts. It is a bit lacking in really healthy recipes, I’m working on that, but it has to be healthy recipes we will want to eat!
I was thrilled when Kim asked me to guest post for her Seafood Week, I LOVE almost all kinds of seafood, and I’m so sad that Kim can’t have it! I knew immediately what I was going to make for this post. The inspiration for the recipe I’m sharing today came from a local restaurant called Kelsey’s. I had a fabulous seafood dish there a few years ago, and tried to recreate it once before I started blogging recipes. Unfortunately, a few years made me forget that what I had that day was Cajun clams, not crab! It doesn’t matter, because the Cajun butter sauce is great with either!
This is a really decedent recipe, but it’s incredibly easy to make. Just fresh crab, butter, a few spices, and some lemon juice! I love spicy foods (except pasta, that’s just weird to me), but I didn’t want to go overly spicy and overpower the wonderful crab. If you can’t handle spicy, leave out the cayenne pepper. Crab, at least here in Northeast PA is a bit expensive, so I would save this dish for a special occasion but I would NOT substitute imitation crab, I hate the stuff. If you do it, don’t tell me!
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- 16 ounces refrigerated crab meat, drained, flaked, and picked through for shell fragments
- ½ cup (one stick) unsalted butter
- ¼ cup vegetable broth ( or chicken broth)
- ½ tablespoon corn starch
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 scallion, green part only, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoon thinly shredded Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Melt the butter in a small pot over low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and lemon juice. In a measuring cup whisk together the vegetable juice and corn starch. Add the broth mixture to the butter mixture and whisk for one minute. Fold in the flaked crab meat, mix well, then divide the mixture between two serving size casserole dishes and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with sliced scallions and Parmesan cheese.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until heated through.
Thanks so much to Bernadette for guest posting for me today. It’s been an absolute pleasure having her on the blog today.
You can check out Bernadette’s blog, Rants from My Crazy Kitchen for updates and great recipes. You can follow her Facebook page to keep up to date on what she’s up to. She’s also on Twitter so be sure to follow her there. Also be sure to follow her on Pinterest to see the latest recipes from her blog. I am a firm believer in following us bloggers everywhere. We like a good stalking from our readers.
To continue the Seafood Week tradition of posting old, and wildly embarrassing photos of myself here’s some more giggles for you. I figure if you have to listen to me ramble on all the time I sort of owe you.
Feel free to laugh your butt off. I would if I were you! Enjoy the horror:
Are you ready for it. Inspired by Dorothy Hamill, thanks a bunch D.H.:
One more just to make sure you fully understand why I am who I am:
More Seafood Week Recipes from my Awesome Buds:
Movita Beaucoup’s Lobster Pasta Salad
Cooking in Stilettos’ Coconut Almond Crusted Cod
Dinners, Dishes and Desserts Brown Butter Seafood Risotto
Crazy Foodie Stunts Braised Salmon with Mushrooms, Potato Purée and Watercress
Crumb’s Saganaki Shrimp
That Skinny Chick Can Bake’s Sea Bass with Tomatoes, Olives and Capers
Try Anything Once’s Stuffed Clams
Toodles and smoochies! xx