Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  I can honestly say that I have paid very little attention to Valentine’s Day over the past twenty years. Let’s face it, when you have four children, your priorities shift and we were busy, — raising kids, going to cheerleading, dance, football and basketball practice — it left little time for planning a favorite Valentine’s Dinner for two. Most of my meals were focused around meals that were economical, nutritious and easy to make for a family of six.

The kids are getting older, and Ron and I have recently started enjoying dinner focused on options that we enjoy. One of those foods is crab. Living in Florida, we have access to great seafood and crabs, and it is truly a meal that we enjoy. While the entire family enjoys Snow Crabs, I thought Valentine’s Day was the perfect time to try Drunken Snow Crabs for two.

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This recipe was inspired by a recipe that I tried from one of Emeril Legasse’s cooksbooks, years ago. You all know how much I love Emeril and his recipes show up at our home time and time again — throw in your favorite bottle of wine and my favorite flan for dessert and you are all set for Valentine’s Day!

Drunken Snow Crab #SundaySupper

Drunken Snow Crabs #SundaySupper


  • 3 bottles premium ale - I used Corona
  • 3 lemons, cut in 1/2
  • 6 green onions
  • 2 pounds Snow Crab Legs
  • Drawn butter, for serving


  1. Add beer, lemons and green onions to a large stock pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Add crab legs and cover.
  3. Steam for 5 minutes or until crab is cooked through.
  4. Serve with drawn butter.
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Renee February 9, 2014 at 6:43 am

Perfect meal for two and one I would thoroughly enjoy because I love crab oh so very much.


Liz February 9, 2014 at 6:56 am

You can’t beat a recipe from Emeril! Your crab recipe looks divine!

PS…I’m still cooking for 5 even though 2 of the kids have moved out! Need to rethink my recipes :)


Shaina February 9, 2014 at 7:53 am

mmm crabs are so so good, and a great choice for a romantic dinner!


Nichole C February 9, 2014 at 8:21 am

Mmmm, I love this recipe! We haven’t had crab in ages, and I think I need to change that, soon!


Alice // Hip Foodie Mom February 9, 2014 at 8:22 am

I hear you Isabel. . ever since we had the kids, Vday is now all about them! :) I love that you and Ron are now enjoying dinners for yourselves!!! that’s so great and these snow crab legs look fabulous! My husband, Paul, would kill for a plate of these!!! Pinning this!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 9, 2014 at 9:50 am

Gosh I haven’t had crab legs in so long! I love that you added beer to it! It is just perfect! Darn it, now I need some crab!


Susan February 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

I really think you just made these crabs for me Isabel. You know how much I like to add a little something to my dish! Double date?


Jennifer Miller/MealDiva February 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

Beer and crab legs — you just stole my heart! This looks delicious! :)


Katy February 9, 2014 at 11:15 am

This is the food of love, surely?! Great crab recipe, and I just love the name of this dish!


Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious February 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

And…and…and…I adore the middle photo with your wedding portrait in the background.


Stacy February 9, 2014 at 11:39 am

We love crabs as well, Isabel. There just something celebratory about a pile of crabs to crack and share. Add drawn butter and it’s love indeed.


Stacy February 9, 2014 at 11:39 am

We love crabs as well, Isabel. There just something celebratory about a pile of crabs to crack and share. Add drawn butter and it’s love indeed.


Courtney @ Neighborfood February 9, 2014 at 12:26 pm

I’m so jealous of all the great seafood you can get your hands on! We have to go on vacation to get crab legs this good. I think I’m going to have to shell out some moolah to make these before our next vacation though!


Tara February 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Scrumptious dinner for two!! Perfect for V-Day!! I have to try this soon!!


DB-The Foodie Stuntman @ Crazy Foodie Stunts February 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm

I like this Valentine’s Day recipe because it’s quick and easy. Looks like it’s an easy clean up too. By the way, how long does snow crab season last where you live? Out here, we get Dungeness and it’s at it’s peak in December each year.


Shannon R February 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Man, I used to LOVE crab, this looks like such a special dish.


Melanie February 9, 2014 at 1:58 pm

This sounds absolutely amazing! You have on lucky Valentine. :)


Tammi @ Momma's Meals February 9, 2014 at 3:03 pm

This is a perfect dinner for two!! Who wouldn’t love being romantic with this dish!


Cheryl February 9, 2014 at 5:11 pm

I do love crab! I would have to make an alcohol free version of this, but hey, any way you do crab is OK by me! I totally agree with you about how busy it gets when kids are in the picture. Romantic holidays like VDay and anniversarys just seem to slip by with a little less celebration than I would like. But it’s good to take time to enjoy some romance, even with young kids around! Thanks so much for sharing – and for all you do! Happy VDay & HUGS!


The Ninja Baker February 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Crab is what I order in Florida restaurants…I know it’s available at home in California but was always a little intimidated up until now….Thanks to your recipe, Isabel, we may be seeing more homemade crab =) Thank you!


Cindys Recipes and Writings February 9, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I love crab legs and this sounds so good together! I must try this, Isabel!


Manu February 9, 2014 at 5:46 pm

I think seafood like this crab makes for the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner! Such an elegant, yet simple recipe. That’s exactly my kind of food!


Laura February 10, 2014 at 5:16 am

While I am absolutely loving the 2′s I am excited for the day when she is a little older and we can start encouraging her to be a bit more adventurous with us. These snow crabs sound incredible.


Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) February 10, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Been AGES since I’ve had crab, yours looks divine!


Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen February 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Crab is hands down my favorite seafood. Now I am very very hungry!!


Carla February 12, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Seafood is one of my favorite meals, and I think these drunken snow crabs make a great date night meal.


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