How to Make Crab Legs on the Grill

Are You a Sea Food Lover and You Love Grilling Too?

As we all know that Grilled Crab legs are like a good treat in the summer season, this recipe mentioned below is a foolproof recipe that is easy and almost works with even king crab legs, snow crab legs, and Dungeness crab legs.

Grilling is not a traditional method to cook crab legs, but it is surely an easy and quick way to cook this tasty meal. You do not need much time to make crab legs, you can even buy cooked crab legs or grill them first. You can grill on a charcoal or gas grill; a gas grill gives you better temperature control, but charcoal adds a smoky flavor

How Can We Select The Best Crab Legs?

Crabs come in various sizes and varieties, same is with their legs. A bigger crab will surely have big legs that are easier to extract and eat the crabmeat. If you think small crab legs are easy to grill then you are wrong. Big crab legs are much easier to grill as you can grab them easily with tongs and turn them as compared to smaller legs. Alaskan king crabs, snow crabs, and Dungeness crabs all have large legs with lots of meat. King and snow crab legs are often sold frozen. Blue crab is smaller in size and has less meat in their legs

How Can We Prepare Crab Legs for Grilling

When you are using a gas grill then preheat it to the temperature from 350 degrees Fahrenheit to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are using frozen crab legs then take them out of the freezer and let them defrost first in the cold water or just put them on the counter until the grill heats up. Frozen crab legs don’t need to be completely thawed before you grill them; they warm up fast and they’re already cooked.

How Can We Season Crab Legs

Crab leg meat dipped in melted butter is simple and delicious, but you don’t have to stop there when it comes to seasoning crab legs on the grill. If you cut the crab legs lengthwise it will allow you to season them directly and also makes the meat easier to remove. Add any seafood seasoning or make your own marinade and baste the crab meat with it while cooking.

How Long to Grill Crab Legs

It is recommended to cook crab legs at a low temperature approximately 225 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 to 30 minutes. All the crab legs that are sold commercially are pre-cooked so all you have to do is reheat the crab meat. Crabs’ legs are best cooked on indirect heat that means no coals or fire directly under the crab legs, with the overall temperature of the grill hovering around 225 degrees Fahrenheit.

How to Cook Crab Legs on the Grill

 PREP TIME:15 mins

COOK TIME:15 mins

TOTAL TIME:30 mins


COURSE: Appetizer, Dinner

CUISINE: American

 Ingredients Required

  • 4lbs frozen king, snow, or Dungeness crab legs, thawed and rinsed
  • olive oil spray
  • lemon wedges
  • melted butter, optional for dipping

Instructions to Follow

Step 1- Heat grill to medium-high.

Step 2-Spritz crab legs all over with olive oil spray and place on a hot grill.

Step 3-Cover and cook about 7 minutes on each side, or until the meat in the center is heated through.

Step 4-Use a sharp paring knife (and a mitt or glove to handle) and cut slits along the side so it’s easy to pull the meat out.

Step 5-Remove to plates and serve with lemon wedges and melted butter, if desired.

A quick way to thaw the legs before grilling, fill your sink with cold water and let the legs sit in the water for about 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse well.

What Can We Serve With Crab Legs?

We all love grilled corn! But you could also serve roasted potatoes and rolls with butter as well. Here are some of our favorite side dish recipes for more ideas.

  • Dell cucumber salad
  • Calico baked beans
  • Creamy dill potato salad
  • Corn and Black bean salad
  • Do not forget the melted butter for dipping the crab meat!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Is it essential to defrost crab legs before grilling?

Ans: Nope! Just like if you were to steam them on the stove, the crab legs go on the grill frozen.

Q2:How can we know when the crab legs are done?

Ans: When you crack open the legs, the meat should be orange-red in color. If it is still greyish, cook them for another minute or two.

Q3: How do grilled crab legs taste?

Ans: SO GOOD! Honestly, they just have an added smoky grill flavor to the normal sweet crabmeat. Dipped in butter – OMG, you will love this fun way to cook crab legs!

Q4: How many grilled crab legs are enough for one person?

Ans: If you are serving crab legs as the main course then 1, 1 1/2 or 2 pounds are enough for one person. Also, remember that we lose a lot of weight in the shells. You can purchase extra crab legs if you are worried about it. In case you are serving it as a side dish then plan 1 pound per person.

To Wrap it Up

Grilled crap is like a treat that we all love to have. We all know that sweet and savoy king crab legs are delicious to eat and indeed it is a delicacy for us. Grilling a crab leg is an alternative to boiling it but grilled crab has a smoky texture. Also, it is recommended to warp the crab legs in an aluminum foil before grilling it as the smoke will penetrate the hard texture of shells.

It is easy to grill the crab rather than boiling it as boiling is a time-consuming process. However, grilling is more fun to do. Imagine your background filled with smoky air and then you get tasty grilled crab legs to eat. Also, it will be entertaining to grill the crab legs.

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