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Marinated Blue Crab Claws

Marinated Blue Crab Claws

This simple, toss-together dish makes for a festive party hors d’oeuvre. Make it a day or two ahead of time and pull it out of the fridge just in time for the party.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes plus marinating time
  • Yield: 6 to 8 appetizer servings


  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions, white and green parts
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 2 tablespoons minced celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced pimento-stuffed green olives
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 pound cooked blue crab claws, outer shells removed


  • Combine all the ingredients except the crab claws in a large nonreactive bowl, and whisk to mix well.

  • Add the crab claws and toss to coat. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or as long as overnight.

  • Serve chilled or at cool room temperature in individual serving bowls or allow guests to serve themselves from a large bowl.