Oven-Roasted Crab With a Kick

Southeast Asian flavors and just a little bit of heat make this roasted crab a delicious mess to be enjoyed with lots of napkins.
By / Photography By Kathleen Korb | January 01, 2014


Preheat oven to 400°.

In a large skillet or sauté pan (or roaster, if your skillet isn’t big enough
to hold all the crab), melt the butter and olive oil over medium heat.

Add shallot and garlic and sauté until soft, but not browned.

Add Sambal, parsley and cilantro, reserving a small handful for garnishing.

Add crab, and toss to coat with the sauce. Move skillet to the oven, and roast for 20 minutes, until heated through.

Put crab on a platter, and add the juice of 1–2 limes to the remaining sauce in skillet. Whisk to combine and pour over crab.

Finish with remaining herbs and lime wedges.


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/3 cup Sambal (Huy Fung Foods makes a delicious one)
  • ¼ cup packed chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup packed chopped cilantro
  • 2 (2-pound) Dungeness crabs, cracked and cleaned, bodies broken in quarters
  • 3 limes
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