Snow Crab in a Vodka Butter Sauce

This appetizer is not only wonderful, but has great presentation! Snow crab is usually easy to find and normally comes frozen. I am using a small drizzle of lemon infused olive oil at the end that can be replaced with a small drizzle of a lemon. However, I highly recommend the lemon infused olive oil, becasue it will have a milder lemon zing.  Lemon Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil is being used and can be purchased on-line at Spicewood Food Company.  Serves 4 or cut in half for a great date night appetizer.


Snow Crab and Sauce
2 large snow crab clusters or more depending on number of guests being served – two should serve four
1 cup of vodka
4 tablespoons of butter
Optional Garnish
A drizzle of Lemon Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil or a small drizzle from the juice of a fresh lemon
Parsley sprigs


Heat vodka in medium skillet over medium high heat. Be careful when working with the vodka over a flame, because it can flare up. Make sure you use a large enough skillet to avoid this happening. Also, make sure a lid is near by to place over top of the skillet in the unlikelihood you do experience a flare up. Reduce by half and add butter. Whisk together. While sauce is reducing, cook crab. In a very large pot add water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add crab cook for 2 minutes. Snow crab normally has already been cook, so you are just heating. Remove crab from water and let sit until cool enough to handle. Remove all the crab, by using crab crackers and kitchen shears. Add a quarter amount of crab to each martini glass and pour sauce over crab. Drizzle with a small amount of lemon infused olive oil or fresh lemon juice. Remember just a hint. Garnish with parsley, serve and enjoy!

Suggested Beverage

Try J. Lohr Arroyo Seco Riverstone Chardonnay (California), Rodney Strong Chardonnay (California),  Ferrari Carano Chardonnay (Alexander Valley) or Irony Chardonnay (Napa Valley).

Chatty Advice

When making any of our gluten-free recipes take care in reading the labels of any packaged or canned products. If there is a label on anything you are using, read it or ask to make sure that it is indeed gluten-free. Many products vary in ingredients from brand to brand. Some examples of this can be found when looking at the labels of soy sauce, mustard, distilled vinegar, and even chicken broth.

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