The perfect stake topping exists! Take your steak to the next level with this Chesapeake Crab Butter Sauce.
Made with butter and crab, c’mon, and only 10 minutes of cook time, you can’t go wrong!
This butter sauce is made with jumbo lump crab, butter, and a hint of old bay spice making this sauce an absolute must for your next special dinner.
Chesapeake Crab Butter Sauce Recipe
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Take your steak up a notch
There is really nothing like fresh Chesapeake crab meat smothered in butter with a hint of Old Bay seasoning. Back in the day as a restaurant chef, this butter sauce was one of the most popular menu items.
As much as I enjoy a good crab cake to go along with my steak my favorite way to enjoy a steak is with this Chesapeake Crab butter sauce that is even more decadent.
The sauce pairs perfectly with any cut of steak from a Filet Mignon to a juicy NY Strip.
If steak isn’t your cup of tea you can also serve this sauce over any type of fresh fish fillets or even a nice chicken breast.
What’s the Best Crabmeat to buy?
Depending on where you live will dictate your options on what type of crab to use. Here on the east coast, blue crab is the most commonly found.
Fresh Jumbo Lump Crabmeat is obviously the gold standard but also the most expensive and elusive.
Pasteurized Jumbo Lump is a little more economical and when simmered in butter it’s hard to tell the difference between fresh and pasteurized. Lump, backfin, and special are also options but they tend to get mushy when cooked in a sauce.
Other crabmeat like Dungeness crab, king crab legs, snow crab legs, soft-shell crab, or even lobster or Langostino is also a tasty substitute for this sauce. Personally, I always recommend using what’s local, fresh, and the best value.
Pictured Fresh Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab
Ingredient List For Chesapeake Crab Butter Sauce
Crabmeat: 1 lb of jumbo lump crabmeat.
Sauce: 1 stick of unsalted butter and ¼ cup of heavy cream.
Seasoning: 2 tsp of Old Bay, 1 tbsp of minced shallot, and 1 tbsp of minced garlic.
Garnish: Fresh parsley
Optional additional or substitution ingredients: Looking to substitute or change things up? Other ingredients that could be used include lemon juice, black pepper, kosher salt, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and even hot sauce.
How to Make Chesapeake Crab Butter Sauce
Saute and melt butter. Over medium heat saute garlic and shallots in 2 tbsp of butter until garlic and shallots have softened. Then add in heavy cream and reduce by half.
Whisk butter. Turn heat to low and then begin whisking in butter 2 tbsp at a time until the sauce is smooth.
Add crab. Gently fold in the crabmeat, and avoid breaking up the lumps as much as possible. The sauce is complete as soon as the crabmeat is warmed. Leave the oven on low heat – do not raise the heat or the butter mixture will separate from the sauce.
Garnish. Finish off the sauce with the parsley.
Be gentle with the Chesapeake Crab Butter Sauce
One of the biggest mistakes when working with crabmeat is overworking it or busting up the lumps that you paid good money for.
That’s why I like to prepare the sauce first then gently fold in the crabmeat at the end and just barely warm the crabmeat. Crab is incredibly delicate and can be reduced to stringy mush quite quickly.
All you need to do is warm the crabmeat because it is already cooked. Other raw shellfish like lobster or shrimp can handle more heat and cook longer in a sauce.
Don’t Break the Chesapeake Crab Butter Sauce
When preparing any butter sauce you need to make sure that you reduce the heat before whisking in the butter. I add a tablespoon of butter just to sauté the shallots and garlic and then add heavy cream to add richness.
Once the cream has reduced it’s important to let the sauce cool so that there are no bubbles in the sauce. Then you can begin quickly whisking in the butter a few tablespoons at a time.
The cold butter thickens the sauce and prevents the butter fats from separating leaving you with a greasy oily sauce. If the does break you can start over because you haven’t added the crabmeat yet.
What to serve with Chesapeake Crab Butter Sauce
Serve up your crab butter sauce on top of a juicy steak and serve with a side of lemon wedges, brussels sprout, red potatoes, crusty bread, and some red or white wine.
Leftover Chesapeake Crab Butter Sauce
Once your taste buds get a mouth full of this, there won’t be any leftovers.
BUT, in the off chance your stomach isn’t a bottomless pit, grab a small bowl or airtight container and allow it to cool to room temperature before putting it in the fridge.
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- Jumbo Lump Crab Burgers
Chesapeake Crab Butter Sauce
- any saute pan or sauce pot
- 1 lb Jumbo Lump Crabmeat
- 1 Stick Butter
- 2 tsp Old Bay
- 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley
- 1 tbsp Minced Shallot
- 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
- ¼ cup Heavy Cream
- over medium heat saute garllic and shallots in 2 tbsp of butter until garlic and shallots have softened. then add in heavy cream and reduce by half
- Turn heat to low and then begin whisking in butter 2 tbsp at a time until the sauce is smooth. finally gently fold in the crabmeat, avaid breaking up the lumps as much as possible. finish off the sauce with the parsley. Sauce is complete as soon as the crabmeat is warmed. Do not raise heat or butter will seperate from the sauce