A fresh lemon and garlic sauce for all seafood! Using extra virgin olive oil or butter, garlic, lemon, and a hint of salt. No need to squeeze extra lemon on your seafood, this butter sauce is packed with flavor to best compliment cooked crab, clams, prawns, lobster and other seafood.
This Seafood Sauce is our go to when we bring home fresh Dungeness crab for dinner. Our kids absolutely love crab night! Crabbing season is such a special time for us, as our kids not only love the adventure or harvesting crab, but they especially love enjoying it for dinner.
I always say that our kids see us crabbing, clamming and fishing more often than they have seen us in a grocery store. True story! I couldn’t be more thankful for that.
When it comes to choosing between butter and olive oil as the primary fat for this crab dipping sauce recipe, I can’t choose. We often bounce back and forth for numerous reasons, whether it’s our guest’s dietary restrictions, or accessing our sides for dinner.
Either way, choosing between olive oil and butter is mainly dependent on our mood, and what we feel like enjoying our fresh caught Dungeness crab with. We patron both equally, as of yet, I would say.
Being that I cook a good amount of Mediterranean food, I do tend to lean more towards extra virgin olive oil as a fat source in most of my dishes.
This seafood sauce is full of fresh lemon juice and garlic to compliment most seafood. You won’t need to hunt down extra lemon wedges any longer.
How to dip crab in this sauce
You only need a small amount of dip to get the flavor you’re looking for. I love a flavorful sauces, and go after more lemon and garlic than most sauces out there.
Lemon and Garlic
I love these two ingredients so much. If I could put them in nearly every dish, I would. For this crab sauce, I created the recipe in the beginning of our crabbing days. I sure don’t like to dip crab in a bowl of butter or oil. I need flavor! So, naturally created my own prior to looking elsewhere and came up with this sauce that speaks to my typical Mediterranean cuisine. Full of lemon and garlic. The perfect compliment to Dungeness crab!
Make in advance
If you crab often or plan on making this sauce in advance, you can double the recipe and place in your fridge for up to 5 days. On occasion we will make double the batch and keep this crab sauce recipe in our fridge during crabbing season.
What to do with extra crab sauce
If you end up with extra, you can use in other meals or freeze for a later use.
The Perfect Tide Seafood Dipping Sauce
- Mixing bowl
- Small pot
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil or butter
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 4 cloves garlic finely minced
- ½ tsp seasoning salt johnny's or lawry's
- In a small sauce pan on medium-low heat, stir in all the ingredients except for lemon juice.
- Heat for a minute or two. Just until the garlic is fragrant.
- Mix in lemon juice and pour into a shallow bowl to serve.