Juicy Crab Sauce Recipe


The Juicy Crab is a chain restaurant in the United States, with its first location opening in 2015. They offer tasty garlic butter crab boils, mixed seafood boils, fried oysters, catfish, and any other seafood your heart desires. However, if you don’t have a Juicy Crab near your house, you can bring those famous flavors home with one of their tasty sauces.

There’s nothing better than sitting down to enjoy a fresh Juicy Crab seafood boil bag meal, but the sauces are what make the dish whole by adding spicy heat and a smooth buttery taste. So if you’re looking for ways to spice up your seafood at home, you can create the delicious and famous Juicy seafood sauce in your kitchen.

Let’s take a look at what you need to get from your local grocery store and how to make the Juicy Crab butter sauce recipe to make your next seafood boil the best one yet.

What Is Juicy Crab Sauce?

Juicy Crab sauce combines flavors of butter, garlic, lemon, and cajun spices to create a delicious dipping sauce for everything you throw into your seafood boil. The sauce tends to focus heavily on Louisiana-style flavors to bring in the taste of southern cooking. 

juicy crab sauce recipe

Juicy Crab Sauce Ingredients

When it comes to seafood boils, they typically include plenty of vegetables and fresh herbs, creating an earthy flavor fresh out of the pot. While the seafood is still delicious right out of the pot, Juicy Crab sauce kicks the flavor up a notch, waking your tastebuds up with multiple types of spicy peppers and enhancing the taste of the fresh fish.

juicy crab sauce recipe

Juicy Crab Sauce Recipe

Juicy Crab sauce combines flavors of butter, garlic, lemon, and cajun spices to create a delicious dipping sauce for everything you throw into your seafood boil. The sauce tends to focus heavily on Louisiana-style flavors to bring in the taste of southern cooking.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 463 kcal


Juicy Crab Seasoning Recipe (If you don’t have the premade seasoning):

  • 1 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp Onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Red pepper flakes
  • ½ Tbsp Celery seed
  • ½ Tbsp Dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp 6 pepper blended (optional, if you like it extra spicy)

Juicy Crab Sauce Recipe:

  • 2 sticks Unsalted butter
  • 2 sticks Salted butter
  • 4 cups Chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 Minced garlic cloves
  • 1 Large chopped white or yellow onion
  • 1-2 Tbsp Hot sauce (optional)


  • Combine all of your dry spices (the Juicy Crab seasoning) into a bowl and whisk them until they are fully combined. Set this seasoning mix aside for now.
  • Chop up your onion and mince your garlic cloves. Put these aside.
  • Melt your four sticks of butter. You can do this over medium heat on your stove with a saucepan. As soon as you see the sticks of butter melted completely, throw your minced garlic and chopped onion into the pan.
  • Cook the butter, onions, and garlic for a few minutes. The mixture is ready for the next step when you start to notice the onion and garlic pieces begin turning a little brown.
  • Add your Juicy Crab seasoning into the pan and mix everything around. It might look similar to a paste, but that’s okay.
  • Let the mixture cook down on low heat and allow it to simmer for a few minutes. Mix occasionally to prevent burning and sticking. The mixture should become thicker.
  • When the mixture thickens, you can add your four cups of chicken broth and lemon juice. Stir everything to incorporate the chicken broth.
  • If you want more heat, you can now add one to two tablespoons of your favorite hot sauce. Tabasco, Louisiana, and Red Hot are great brands to put in this sauce.
  • Allow the sauce to simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes to ensure everything is completely combined.
  • Let your freshly-made Juicy Crab sauce cool, then serve it with your homemade seafood boil. You can drizzle the sauce over each plate of seafood or use it as a dipping sauce.
Keyword crab sauce, garlic butter crab boil, juicy crab

Tips & Tricks for Juicy Crab Sauce Recipe

Here are some tips and tricks to keep in the back of your mind when creating your Juicy Crab sauce at home.

juicy crab sauce recipe

  • This sauce is very spicy! If you or your guests don’t tolerate spice well, consider adjusting the amounts of cayenne, chili powder, red pepper flakes, Old Bay, and Cajun seasoning. Exclude the hot sauce as well.
  • You can use chicken bouillon if you don’t have any chicken broth on hand. You should use ½ to one tablespoon. The sauce might be a little thicker if you choose to do this.
  • To make chopping quicker, you can put your onion and garlic cloves into a food processor. A garlic press can also come in handy for your fresh garlic cloves.

Nutrition Information of Juicy Crab Sauce Recipe

Here is some nutritional information per serving of this tasty seafood boil sauce.

  • 463 calories
  • 47.3 grams of fat
  • 122 milligrams of cholesterol
  • 1,029 milligrams of sodium
  • 8.6 grams of carbohydrates
  • 1.8 grams of fiber
  • 4.3 grams of sugar
  • 4 grams of protein
  • 32 micrograms of vitamin D, 51 milligrams of calcium, 1 milligram of iron, and 248 milligrams of potassium

Most of the fat comes from the four sticks of butter, as one tablespoon alone has 11.5 grams of fat. The spice combination, along with the chicken broth, is the bulk of the sodium, with one cup of chicken broth accounting for about 343 milligrams of sodium.


If you’re making a seafood boil anytime soon, making Juicy Crab sauce should also be on your to-do list because it adds bursting Cajun flavor to your shellfish. However, beware that the sauce is spicy and can surprise your tastebuds, so you should adjust the spice levels to your tolerance. 

Try this homemade Juicy Crab sauce recipe next time to shake up your usual seafood boil.

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  1. Kachelle R. says:

    I followed the recipe almost exactly with a slight deviation in that.

  2. Tasted amazing!

  3. omm nadia says:

    Easy, tasty, everyone loves them.

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