Founded in Houston, Texas, in 1991, Joe’s Crab Shack is quickly becoming everyone’s favorite seafood restaurant, with locations in more than 30 states. Joe’s serves up fun times and serious seafood, with more than 25 crab items on the menu in addition to fish, lobster, mussels, clams and shrimp. Part of Ignite Restaurant Group’s (Nasdaq: IRG) portfolio of restaurants,

It is one of the largest, most successful seafood restaurant chains in America. So if there’s not a Joe’s near you, then try these copycat recipes at home!

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Crabs in a Bucket


This site will show you everything you need to know to make crabs in a bucket just Like Joe's Crab Shack restaurant.
As you can see from the menu.
Step 1 Chose Your Crab
Dungeness Crab it’s mild tender & easy to eat.
Snow Crabs super sweet, it’s the crab you’ll love to eat!
King Crab is a crab that lives up to it’s name! big juicy legs.
  


Step 2 Pick Your Flavor
BBQ
Chesapeake Style with Old Bay Seasoning
Garlic Herb
Spicy Boil
Fire Grilled
Simply Steamed
The seasoning blends will follow the video series.  All Buckets Are Served With New Potatoes And Fresh Corn On The Cob. You may boil your vegetables in plain water or throw them into the spices that you choose.  






Chesapeake Style Crabs with Old Bay Seasoning
Joe's Copycat Recipe

King crab (precooked)
Water
Salt
½ cup Old Bay seasoning
½ cup white vinegar
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons oregano


Fill a large boiling pot ¾ full with water. Add ½ cup of salt for each gallon of water. Combine ½ cup Old Bay seasoning, white vinegar, bay leaves and oregano in the pot. Stir with a spoon until the ingredients dissolve. Ensure that the water completely covers the crab. Add more water if necessary. Bring the water to a boil. Add the whole king crab to the water slowly. Be careful when adding the crab because the water can splash up into your face.

Cover the pot. Boil the whole crab for 10 to 12 minutes. When the crab begins to float, continue boiling for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the crab because the meat will become tough.

Allow the crab to cool for 15 minutes. Remove the crab with tongs. Place it on a clean towel. Once the king crab cools, you can crack its shell and begin eating the crab meat. Serve the crab meat with me



BBQ Crabs
Joe's Copycat Recipe

2 pounds snow crab legs
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
4 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 stick of butter

In a large stock pot, bring a large amount of water to a boil. Place the crab legs into the water and boil until opaque and flaky. Remove the crab legs from the water and cut a slit into each of the leg shells.
In a small bowl, stir together the pepper, garlic salt, paprika, Old Bay seasoning, and salt. Add the vegetable oil and stir well. Brush the mixture onto the crab legs prior to serving. Melt the 1/2 stick of butter and serve alongside the crab legs.


Garlic Herb Crabs
Joe's Copycat Recipe

2 pounds king crab legs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 large heads of garlic
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 1/2 cups butter
Juice of one lemon
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning

Fill a large stockpot halfway with water. Add vegetable oil and bring to a boil. Separate the garlic heads and set one clove aside to use in the butter sauce. Crush the rest of the garlic cloves, unpeeled, and add it with the parsley to the boiling water. Boil the water for about fifteen minutes. While the water and herb mixture is boiling, cut the king crab legs in half so they'll better fit into the stockpot.

Prepare the butter sauce while the mixture is boiling: Put a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the butter and melt it. Press the remaining clove of garlic and add it, the lemon juice, the red pepper flakes, and the Old Bay seasoning to the melted butter. Once the boiling water is ready, slit the crab legs partway down one side to allow the flavors to seep in. Boil the crab legs for about five to six minutes or until they're opaque and flaky. Remove the crab legs and drain. Serve with the butter sauce.


Fire Grilled Crabs
Joe's Copycat Recipe

4 pounds precooked king crab legs
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Thaw your frozen king crab legs. Heat the grill. Combine the oil and lemon juice and brush both sides of the crab legs with the mixture. Place the crab legs on your grill, about six inches away from the coals.
Heat for about five minutes, then turn over and heat for about five more minutes.


Spicy Crab Boil  (For the Orleans Pot substitute crawfish for crab)
Joe's Copycat Recipe

2-3 lbs extra large shrimp (16-20 count), shells on + heads on if you’re into that
2 lbs +/- crab legs
1 lb smoked sausage links, cut up into large chunks
2 bags ZATARAIN'S® crab & shrimp Boil – Dry seasoning
2 ears fresh corn on cob, shucked, cleaned and broken in half
2 large potatoes, halved or quartered

In a VERY large stock pot, bring several gallons water to a rapid boil. Add ZATARAIN'S Crab & Shrimp Boil and smoked sausage chunks. Return pot to a rapid boil. Boil the sausage until the water turns milky. Add corn and potatoes to the pot. Return to boil and cook 2-3 minutes. Add crab legs to pot, return to boil and cook 1-2 minutes. Add shrimp to pot, return to boil and cook 3-5 minutes, until crab and shrimp are done. Drain and serve hot with melted butter and a good cocktail sauce.


If you really want to get crazy Joe's Crab Shack offers the Big Daddy Feast with includes three different types of crab legs.


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