" Arachnophobia" Creepy Crawly Crab Legs

Don't let the name scare you. Crabs aren't a member of the spider family. Of course, if spiders tasted as good as these buttery, rich crab legs, we'd eat them, too.


For the Curry Sauce:

  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp. mild curry powder
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry

For the Lemon-Butter:

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp. grated onion
  • 1-2 tbsp. hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

For the Crab Legs:

  • 6-8 frozen king crab legs, defrosted
  • the number of a good exterminator or a copy of "Charlotte's Web"


1. Search kitchen cupboards, cracks and corners for any lurking, malevolent presence waiting to suck the life out of you, your loved ones, or dining companions. If you survive, proceed to step 2.

2. Make the curry sauce: Peel, seed and finely chop the tomatoes. Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the ginger and curry powder and saute until fragrant, about 45 seconds. Add the tomatoes and sherry and simmer 20 minutes or until thickened. Season to taste with salt & pepper.

3. Make the lemon-butter: Combine the butter, parsley, onion, pepper sauce, and lemon juice in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook until well melted; keep warm until use.

4. Prepare the crab: Split the shells lengthwise and cut into manageable pieces. Brush each piece with your choice of sauce.

5. Place the crab legs cut-side up on a broiler pan and broil until lightly browned and heated through, about 4 minutes.

6. Serve with plenty of extra sauce and a semi-dry anti-venom serum of a good vintage.

7. Spin a web of deceit all your own: Tell your guests a spider sighting left you too scared to leave your seat so obviously someone else will have to do the dishes.

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