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Why just have boring, plain French fries, when you can enjoy a pile of moreish loaded crab fries!
Made with the succulent meat of snow crab legs and finished off with a creamy garlic aioli, a great tasting meal on it’s own or appetizer that’s perfect for easy entertaining, this crab fries recipe is decadent yet simple to make.
Whenever I’m needing seasonal inspiration, or just need a bit of “therapy”, I find it at The Fresh Market. They have a stunning offering of all you need to entertain, or find and try new ingredients to prepare stunning food each and every day. I have been an avid shopper for many years, and love sipping on their freshly brewed coffee while perusing the store and finding gorgeous produce, freshly baked breads and even beautiful flowers to bring home and enjoy. If you are looking for that true foodie destination to find fresh ingredients to entertain and impress your friends and family, The Fresh Market is that place. To find The Fresh Market near you, visit their store locator.
I find that creating a lovely table with fresh flowers gives that finishing touch regardless if you are entertaining a crowd or having a weeknight dinner with the family. I remember that my mom would always make sure we had fresh flowers on our table, regardless of what was for dinner, it was all about presentation.
While you can find various crab legs all year, this is the time to celebrate with a Crab Bash along with The Fresh Market, where they are celebrating until October 2 with savings on Wild Snow Crab Legs, Crab Cakes (oh my yum), and Wild Jumbo Soft Shell Blue Crab (while supplies last!). To learn more about fresh deals from The Fresh Market, click here.
Learning how to cook snow crab legs is so easy and straight forward, and you can boil them, or serve them baked, steamed or grilled. You can enjoy this delicately flavored meat in a variety of recipes from pastas to pizzas, or salads to soups.
Today, I’m all about this crab fries recipe, and I decided to simply boil them, which allows the water into their shells, keeping the meat moist and quickly cook. All you need is a large stock pot, water and a bit of salt. You can also add in a crab boil seasoning, such as Old Bay to add extra flavor.
For the fries in this recipe, I made a thicker cut version of my favorite Shoestring French Fries, but if you are short on time, you can always use your favorite store bought frozen french fries and no one will be the wiser.
- Crab Fries:
- 8 - 10 oz meat from 2 - 3 snow crab legs, boiled and shells discarded
- French fries, homemade or frozen and cooked according to directions
- 1 Tbsp crab seasoning, such as Old Bay seasoning
- 1 Tbsp salt, or to taste
- 2 oz queso fresco or feta, crumbled
- 2 - 4 spring onions, diced
- Lemon wedges, for garnish is desired
- 1 jalapeno or pepper of choice, diced for garnish if desired
- Fresh cilantro, to garnish
- Garlic aioli
- Crispy bacon, optional
- Garlic Aioli:
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 garlic cloves, finely diced (or 2 tsp of garlic paste)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
How to Boil Crab Legs:
- To boil the Snow Crab Leg Clusters, you'll need to use a large pot, filling the pot just over halfway with cold water and salt added, bring to a boil.
- Place the frozen crab legs in the pot, moving them around as needed to fit and keeping them whole, only bending them at the joints, making sure that they are submerged as much as possible.
- Cook the Crab Legs for for 5 - 6 minutes. Remove from the heat, and drain and remove meat from the shells. Set aside.
For the Garlic Aioli:
- In a mixing boil, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, salt, and lemon until mixed well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
To assemble the Loaded Crab Fries:
- Make the French fries, either the homemade method recipe or according the directions for store bought frozen french fries of your choice.
- Once fries are cooked, toss with Old Bay seasoning and salt, to taste.
- Top the crispy French fries with the snow crab meat, queso fresco or feta, spring onions, cilantro and jalapeno pepper and bacon if desired. Drizzle with the garlic aioli and serve!
*Unless you live on the coast are able to purchase freshly caught crab legs, you will find them frozen and are precooked. The different methods - steaming, grilling, sauteing, etc., are for finishing the cooking method heating them through.
You can make the garlic aioli up to 2 days ahead. It will keep for up to 7 days covered and refrigerated.
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Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.