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Am I Committing Crab Heresy?

I'm fairly new to cooking crab, since I grew up in Kansas, live in Denver now, and only recently bought a large steam pot and basket. I've been steaming Dungeness crabs every other month, when I'm near an Asian market to pick some up. I usually don't do anything but steam it with a crab boil and seasoning, because live crab is too expensive here to be doing anything other than letting the meat stand out on its own, although I typically use a clarified butter for dipping.

However, last night I cooked a snow crab cluster and used some leftover papa john's garlic butter sauce I had for dipping and it wasn't bad. I'm thinking about picking up more for a Dungeness cook for a few people tomorrow. I like it because it's easy and pretty tasty, though it is almost too thick and rich for crab.

My question: Has anybody or would anybody use chain pizza garlic butter for their crab? This is my first post on this site, so let me know if you like the idea, but I will not take offense to a good cursing out.

Also, any suggestions on what to do with the crab butter/mustard/tomalley would be appreciated. From what I understand, they are the same thing.

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  1. In my opinion, it doesn't matter if anyone else approves of your like of Papa's garlic butter; if you like it, keep using it. On another note, I used to work at Papa John's a long time ago and used their butter to make shrimp scampi. It was tasty...

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    1. re: Cherylptw

      I agree -- you're the one eating it, so your opinion is all that matters (I agree that the PJ garlic butter is tasty, btw)

      I don't like the mustard -- I scoop or rinse it out, depending on how I'm using the meat. It seems to be one of those love/hate things -- and there's no shame in not eating it if you don't like it.

    2. Thanks for the replies so far. I agree that we all have our guilty pleasures, and in certain circumstances, we might as well indulge. I always cook to my taste when I'm only cooking for myself, but I am very self-conscious when cooking for others. Especially, when cooking seafood for my east-coast in-laws.

      1. I agree with the others... if you like it, go for it!

        1. the taste is fine, not heresy.

          For the crab innards, I like to put in a little salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Nom nom nom. I could also see putting in some chipotle salsa, chimichurri, or pesto.

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          1. re: jaykayen

            You could make a seafood pasta sauce and mix the tamalley in it.

          2. If you dust the crab with cocoa powder, you are committing crab Hershey.

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            1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

              hot coffee hurts when you snort it up your nose.