Six Perfect Sauces for Crab

These six dipping sauces run the gamut from classic tartar to flavorful and funky ponzu, highlighting the sweetness and delicacy of steamed crab. They first appeared in our December 2013 issue along with Corey Arnold’s article Polar Harvest.

Brandy Mayonnaise

This tangy dip, which makes a perfect sauce for steamed crab legs, gets a sweet-and-sour kick from ketchup, brandy, and sour cream.

Chive Emulsion

Fresh chives infuse a blend of canola and olive oils for the base of this vibrant sauce.

Clarified Butter with Garlic and Chiles

Crushed garlic cloves and red Thai chiles lend depth and heat to sweet, nutty clarified butter. Get the recipe for Clarified Butter with Garlic and Chiles »

Diablo Sauce

This complex tomato-based dipping sauce, which makes a lovely accompaniment to steamed crab legs, presumably gets its name from its fiery hue and its mix of serrano peppers and spicy chile powder.

Tartar Sauce

With capers, shallots, and fresh parsley, this homemade classic boasts bigger flavor than the stuff most supermarkets sell in a jar. Get the recipe for Tartar Sauce »

Ponzu Sauce

Smoky bonito flakes (thinly shaved dried, fermented, and smoked tuna) and kombu (dried seaweed) impart savory richness to this Asian-inspired favorite. Get the recipe for Ponzu Sauce »