Serves 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

12 to 16 oz. Alaska Crabmeat (from 2 to 3 pounds Alaska King, Snow or Dungeness crab)
1 Tablespoon butter
1 large jalapeño, seeded and minced
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice
8 medium (8 to 9-inch) flour tortillas
8 oz. smoked Gouda or pepper jack cheese, shredded
1 jar (10 oz.) artichokes, drained and quartered
4 oz. bottled or canned Piquillo peppers, drained and sliced
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped chives


Rinse frozen Alaska Crab legs under cold running water to remove any ice glaze; pat dry with paper towels.  Discard towels.  Steam or boil frozen crab in a large pot for 6 to 8 minutes, until heated through.  When cool, use kitchen shears to cut the shells open and remove crabmeat.  Chop or shred meat, if desired.

Melt butter in 10 to 12-inch nonstick pan over medium heat.  Add jalapeño and stir.  Cook for 1 minute.  Add crabmeat and warm through.  Stir in lemon juice; remove from pan and keep warm. 

Wipe out pan; turn heat down to medium-low.  In pan, add one tortilla, then layer 2 tablespoons cheese, 3 to 4 oz. crabmeat, one-fourth of the artichokes and Piquillo peppers, 1 tablespoon each of the parsley and chives and another 2 tablespoons cheese.  Top with another tortilla, then place a plate (or smaller pan) over the quesadilla.  Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until cheese melts and tortilla is browned.  Cut in quarters to serve.  Repeat for remaining quesadillas.

Cook’s Tip: Alaska Crab is already fully cooked, so thawed crab legs may be shelled without steaming or boiling.