How to Grill Crab Legs

Crab legs are a delicious seafood treat and they can be cooked a number of different ways. Grilling presents an exceptionally easy way to prepare crab legs quickly and with a maximum of flavor.

How to Grill Crab Legs

Things You'll Need

  • Olive oil or butter

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Step 1

Clean the grilling surface thoroughly and brush with a little cooking oil. Preheat the grill to medium high. If you use frozen crab legs, make sure they are completely thawed.

How to Grill Crab Legs
Step 2

Take your crab legs and punch a few holes in the shell with the tip of a sharp knife. This will ensure the heat from the grill penetrates better and cooks the legs through.

How to Grill Crab Legs
Step 3

Place the crab legs on the grill, the red (top side) of the shell facing down. Brush legs with butter/oil and cook for 5 minutes, turning once, then cook for an additional 5 minutes.

How to Grill Crab Legs

Tips & Warnings

  • Crab legs are best when served with clarified butter as a sauce.
  • Lemon is a good addition to any kind of seafood.
  • Don't allow the shells to burn, but grilling marks are to be expected.


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