Garlic Roast Crab

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and love crabs, you’re probably familiar with the An Family restaurants: Thanh Long and Crustaceans. My family usually makes Thanh Long one of their dinner stops when they’re visiting and I don’t blame them. They make the best Garlic Roast Crab. It’s a whole Dungeness crab, roasted to perfection in buttery garlic sauce.

It’s a bit of a trek for me to go to either restaurants so I usually go only when I have out of town guests. Since that tends to happen only once a year, what am I to do other than make my own Garlic Roast Crab at home? 🙂 All you need is 5 ingredients and you can also taste that delicious, firm and flaky crab meat any time you want.


  • 1 whole Dungeness crab, live preferred
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), more or less to your taste
  • 5 cloves garlic, more or less to your taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Boil a pot of water and put the crab in it when it has reached a rolling boil. Cover and boil crab for 7-8 minutes. If you’re boiling multiple crabs at the same time, you may need to extend the time to 10 minutes.
  • While the crab is cooking, finely chop the garlic. I suggest starting with 5 cloves. If you feel that’s too much garlic, then reduce the quantity. If you’re a garlic lover, feel free to add more.
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  • In a large wok, melt the butter in medium low heat until the foam subsides. Add the chopped garlic and let the garlic flavor meld into the butter. Don’t let the garlic turn brown. Add salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.
  • Remove the crab from the boiling water. Remove the shell and gill when it’s cooled enough to handle, then cut into quarters.
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  • Add the crab pieces to the garlic butter sauce and coat well.
  • Put the crab and the garlic butter sauce in a roasting pan. Cover the crab pieces using the crab shell then bake for 15 minutes. I use the shell as a cover to keep moisture in the crab meat while it’s roasting in the oven.
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  • Remove from oven and serve.
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I served my crab with garlic noodles which An Restaurant is famous for too. My garlic noodles use the same ingredients as the Garlic Roast Crab. Melt butter in medium low heat and add the chopped garlic as you did for the crab, but in smaller amounts. Add salt and fresh cracked pepper.While the garlic flavor is melding with the butter, boil your fresh egg noodles. Drain and add to the garlic butter. Mix well.
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