Alaska Crab Española

Serves 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

1 cup brandy (preferably Spanish)
1 cup olive oil
10 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced lengthwise
1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon freshly cracked peppercorn medley (red, green and black peppercorns), to taste
1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
2 Tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
2 to 3 pounds Alaska Crab legs/clusters (King, Snow or Dungeness), thawed or frozen
1 cup large Spanish olives (preferably from the deli section), drained
Additional parsley for garnish, if desired
1 loaf of warmed crusty bread such as sourdough or baguette


Combine the first six ingredients in a large skillet or Dutch oven. 

Rinse frozen Alaska Crab legs/clusters under cold running water to remove any ice glaze; pat dry with paper towels.  Discard towels.  Cut crab clusters or legs into smaller sections with a large knife, if desired.

Add crab to the oil mixture and cover pan tightly.  Over low heat, bring the crab to a slow simmer.  Cook for 8 to 10 minutes for frozen crab or 3 to 4 minutes for fresh/thawed crab.  Turn the crab over, add the olives, cover and continue to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow the crab to rest, covered, until just warm, about 5 minutes.

Transfer to a large bowl and garnish with additional parsley, if desired.  Serve family-style with crusty bread for dipping.