How To Grill King Crab Legs

Grilling Crab Legs

How To Grill King Crab Legs? Although grilling crab legs isn’t the conventional preparation technique, it is a quick and simple way to prepare this wonderful meal. Crab legs cook rapidly; you may purchase them fully cooked or prepare them yourself. You may do grilling on a charcoal or gas grill; a gas grill allows for more precise temperature control, while charcoal provides a smokey taste.

Selecting Crab Legs

Crabs exist in various shapes and sizes, and their legs are also diverse sizes. It is easier to remove and consume the crab meat from a larger crab leg. Larger crab legs are also simpler to handle with tongs and turn than tiny legs. The legs of Alaskan king crabs, snow crabs, and Dungeness crabs are all huge and meaty. The legs of king and snow crabs are frequently sold frozen. Blue crabs are smaller and have less flesh on their legs than other crabs.

Preparation To Grill King Crab Legs

Preheat the grill to 350 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit on direct fire if you’re grilling crab legs on a gas grill. If using frozen crab legs, remove the bag from the freezer and defrost in cold water or on the counter while the grill warms up. Frozen crab legs don’t need to be thawed entirely before grilling; they heat up quickly and are already cooked.

Adding Flavor to Your Crab Legs

Crab leg flesh coated in melted butter is easy and tasty, but there’s more to seasoning crab legs on the grill than that. In his book “Fire It Up: 400 Recipes for Grilling Everything,” author Andrew Schloss advises cutting the legs lengthwise to season them directly and make the flesh simpler to remove. Baste the crabmeat with any seafood flavor or your marinade.

How To Cook King Crab Legs On The Grill

Remember that our Alaskan king crab legs are already cooked, glazed, and frozen before they arrive at your door. Cook them, either on the fishing boat or as soon as they get on land. This is how they retain the taste of fresh taste.

First Step To Grill King Crab Legs

First, defrost the crab legs in the refrigerator overnight for 8-12 hours. You may store your king crab legs in the refrigerator for 5-7 days once they’ve thawed. (And, owing to the glaze we use, you can store them in the freezer for up to 12 months if you don’t want to defrost and cook them right away!)

Before you start, make sure your grill is ready! Those burned bits of black filth will do nothing for your crab legs.

Second Step To Grill King Crab Legs

Following the thawing of the crab legs, equally, coat each leg with olive oil. (Make sure you don’t skip this step! This keeps the legs from ripping and sticking to the grill.) This is best done using a silicone basting brush to coat all the sides!

Third Step To Grill King Crab Legs

You should be preheating your grill while you’re preparing your king crab legs with olive oil. Grill the crab legs at a medium-low temperature, at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. You will overcook any hotter than that, and your crab legs (yikes!). It’s time to rock and roll once your grill reaches that temperature.

Fourth Step To Grill King Crab Legs

Cook the crab legs for about five minutes on the grill. There’s no need to relocate them throughout that period. Use tongs to flip the crab legs to the other side after five minutes. On the second side, they’ll require approximately five minutes more, but keep an eye on them because they only need to be cooked all the way through.

Then it’s just a matter of passing around the sides, cracking open a cool drink, and getting crackin’! Make sure you have melted butter or one of our favorite sauces ready to go when it’s time to eat.

Recipe To Grill King Crab Legs

Here’s a brief rundown on how to cook crab legs on the grill:

How To Cook King Crab Legs On The Grill

You’ll need the following items:

  • Oil
  • Brush
  • Tongs for grilling


  • Brush oil all over the king crab legs to keep them from sticking together.
  • Cook king crab legs for five minutes on a medium-low grill (approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Flip the crab legs over and cook for another five minutes, or until well cooked.

Technique 1: Boiling The Crabs

Bubbling is the most ideal method for cooking crab legs. The water gets in the middle of the cooked meat and the shell, keeping everything clammy and delicious.

  • Stage 1: Boil The Water

The main piece of this progression is to find a huge stock pot to accommodate your crab legs. Most huge stock pots or Dutch stoves can fit around 2 pounds of crab legs without spilling over. Whenever you’ve tracked down your pot, fill it with cold faucet water and add the salt. Place the pot over high hotness and heat the water to the point of boiling.

Kitchen Tip: All you want is salty water, but, you can add extra enhancing specialists to the water in this progression (like lemon wedges, bay leaves or Old Bay flavouring).

  • Stage 2: Add The Crab Legs

When the water is bubbling, bring down the crab legs in utilization. Twist the crabs at the joints and wrap them up so the heated water completely covers them. Return the water to a bubble before diminishing the hotness to a stew.

You should have to stew the crab legs for around 5 minutes until they are warmed through. When they are completely warmed, remove the legs utilizing your utensils and put them to the side to cool before taking care of them.


Place the crab legs meat-side up on the heated grill if you cut the shells. You may use a vegetable oil spray on the grill grates or brush a little oil on the crab legs to keep them from sticking to the grill. For good-sized crab legs, cook for about four to five minutes per side. Close the cover during grilling. Overcooking the meat will cause it to become rubbery and lose part of its taste. The meat at the crab’s ends should be firm and white rather than rubbery. The delicious aroma of well-cooked crabmeat should also be detectable.

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