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Alaska King Crab au Gratin

Alaska King Crab au Gratin
This elevated dish adds a rich cream sauce to Alaska king crab legs.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 12
  • Yield: 1lb crab legs/serving


  • 9 ounces Breadcrumbs
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons Thyme, dry
  • 1 Tablespoon Tarragon, dry
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • ½ Cup divided, Parsley, fresh, chopped
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 12 lbs. in shell Alaska King Crab Legs, split
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter, unsalted
  • 3 Tablespoons Shallot, minced
  • 6 teaspoons Lemon juice
  • 6 ounces Dry white wine
  • 6 ounces Cream
  • 24 Lemon wedges


  1. Step 1 Prepare gratin

    Combine breadcrumbs, thyme, tarragon, paprika, 1/4 cup parsley and cheese; reserve.

  2. Step 2 Prepare cream sauce

    For the cream sauce, melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté until translucent. Deglaze with lemon juice and wine; reduce liquid by three-fourths. Add cream; reduce by additional one-half.

  3. Step 3 Prepare crab

    For crab, turn oven on to broil. Spoon/brush cream sauce onto Alaska crab; sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture. Transfer crab to sheet pans and broil just until topping is golden brown.

  4. Step 4 To serve

    Serve with lemon wedges and reserved chopped parsley sprinkled over the top.