Roast Crab with Lime and Chilli Butter

butter baked crab

“This can be served as either potted crab spread on warm toast or, as I like to serve it, just melted in a dish so it warms the crab and fully melts the butter,” says TV chef James Martin. “That way, all the flavours of the kaffir [makrut] lime leaves come out.”

Read: Underrated seafood to cook at home

Serves: 2


  • 100g butter, softened
  • zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 2 makrut lime leaves, finely sliced
  • 1 lemongrass stick, finely chopped
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped, plus extra leaves to serve
  • 1 red chilli, finely diced
  • 300g white crab meat
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • toasted sourdough to serve


Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan)/400°F/gas 6.

Beat together the butter, lime zest and juice, makrut lime leaves, lemongrass, spring onions, coriander and chilli. Season with salt and pepper.

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Spoon the crab into two ovenproof dishes and top with the butter. Place them on a baking tray and roast for 10 minutes until hot and bubbling.

Sprinkle with coriander leaves and serve straight away, with toasted sourdough on the side.

BUTTER: Comforting, Delicious, Versatile, Over 130 Recipes Celebrating Butter by James Martin, published by Quadrille. Photography John Carey. Available now.

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