Alaska King Crab Spinach & Broccoli Alfredo

by Jenn

I’m so excited to share this Alaska King Crab Spinach & Broccoli Alfredo recipe with you!  Believe it or not, I made this is about 15 minutes!  I know, Alaska king crab ready to eat in only 15 minutes!  It doesn’t seem possible, but it totally is and thanks to the wonderful people at Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute I’m going to tell you how!

Until recently I assumed you had to defrost Alaska seafood by leaving in the fridge overnight, or even worse running it under cool water until it’s defrosted.  Yea, I know I don’t have time for that either, which is why I was super excited to learn we can go from frozen to cooked, and entirely skip the defrosting step.  Makes life easier, dinner is done quicker, and we’re eating more Alaska seafood in our house.

Alaska King Crab, Spinach, & Broccoli Alfredo

I’m a happy camper just eating Alaska king crab by itself; the pasta and veggies are a plus, but not a necessity for me to enjoy crab!  However, my husband loves crab, but he is a little pickier. So I decided to go with a delicious crab Alfredo recipe.

Alaska King Crab Spinach & Broccoli Alfredo

Ingredients:

  • 2 Pounds of Frozen Alaska King Crab Legs
  • 1/4 lemon squeezed
  • 1 jar of your favorite Alfredo sauce
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Alaska King Crab, Spinach, & Broccoli Alfredo

Let’s get cooking:

  • Preheat the broiler to 440 degrees.
  • Place pot of water on the stovetop on high and boil.

crab

  • Play your crab legs on the broiler rack in oven and broil for about 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Once water is boiling place noodles in and cook until done (about 10 minutes)
  • crab cookedRemove crab from oven, remove shells, and cut meat into cubes or shred.  Some of the crab meat will fall apart, so it may be easier to shred.  I like to toss the cubes of crab meat on the top to make it look pretty and put the crab that falls apart into the pasta.  You don’t have to do this, but
  • I like to brown the crab just a tad by placing the cubed crab into a pan for browning for about 2 to 3 minutes. (Optional)
  • Drain noodles and pour back into the pot you used to boil them.

seafood pasta

  • Add broccoli, spinach, Alfredo sauce and mix and warm for about 2 minutes.

Alaska King Crab, Spinach, & Broccoli Alfredo

  • Add Alaska King Crab and squeezed lemon to noodles and enjoy!

TIP: Since the crab doesn’t always cube easily, place the cubes that fall apart and place the nicer cubes to place on the top of the pasta to make it look pretty.  It tastes great either way, but if you’re trying to impress the family or guests, you might want to do it this way.

This was a super easy meal to make; I didn’t have to thaw anything.  Just cooked the crab frozen, while the crab was cooking the noodles were going, and about the time the crab was done it was time to start putting everything together.  It doesn’t get better than that!

crab legs

 

Did you know that almost 60% of the seafood harvest here in the United States comes from Alaska?  It most certainly does.  Alaska is known for its wild crab, salmon, and delicious whitefish varieties.  They preserve much of the fresh catch immediately after it leaves the icy water by chilling their catch, and commercially flash freezing at well below zero to help ensure the Alaska seafood is kept at the peak of freshness locking in the best flavor and quality.

 

I hope you enjoy this Alaska King Crab Spinach & Broccoli Alfredo recipe as much as we did.  

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Alaska king crab or another one of your favorite seafood dishes?

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slimlife October 27, 2015 - 8:25 pm

Wow! Just… wow! King crab is love. Just reading your post makes me drool. I need to taste this asap. Haha!

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Mai Tran October 21, 2015 - 11:17 pm

Oh my goodness this Alaska King Crab looks mouth-watering to me. I’m gonna find a way to taste it some day.

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M.Clark October 21, 2015 - 9:42 pm

This looks delicious, it is exactly the kind of dish I love to eat. I can’t wait to give this a try. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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Jenn October 21, 2015 - 9:42 pm

Let me know what you think if you make it…

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Molli Vandehey October 21, 2015 - 8:49 pm

i love king crab but ive always been skepitcal of seafood in pasta….

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TrishFr October 21, 2015 - 8:08 pm

Love king crab and this looks delicious. My family would love this. Thanks for sharing, next time I see these on sale which is usually around the holidays, I’m getting them.

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