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Lime Chipotle Roasted Alaska Snow Crab

Vinaigrettes are not just for salads, and there’s way more to crab than just putting a bib on and dipping some boiled legs into melted butter. Roasting crab brings out flavors from the shell that you just can’t get from the steamer or a pot of water. There is a ton of flavor in those crustaceous shells! This dish brings the deep tones of roasted Alaska Snow crab with a smoky tease of Latin America.

Lime Chipotle Roasted Alaska Snow Crab
Lime Chipotle Roasted Alaska Snow Crab
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  • 1 cup rice wine vinegar or white vinegar
  • Zest and juice from 5 limes (1/2 cup fresh lime juice)
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons pureed canned chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups canola or olive oil
  • 4 pounds Alaska Snow Crab clusters, frozen
  • 1 cup (packed) chopped cilantro


Combine all ingredients, except oil, in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and slowly drizzle in oil.

Crab: Rinse any ice glaze from frozen Alaska Snow Crab under cold water; pat dry with paper towels. Marinate crab in vinaigrette and chopped cilantro for 15 to 20 minutes, to allow flavor
into shells.

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Place crab on sheet tray and roast for 10 minutes, turning and basting every 4 minutes or so. Serve with Chipotle Corn Puree or Cauliflower Puree and grilled/roasted
vegetables. Skip the butter!

Recipe created by Chef Erik Slater and provided by

By Heinen's Grocery Store
In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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