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How To Cook Crab Legs On The Grill: DO NOT Fire Up Your Grill Before Reading This!

“I just don’t get how people can eat crab legs. I mean, seriously, what is so special about seafood?” Folks, those were my thoughts before I tried the most delicious dish ever (for serious)- Crab Legs on the Grill. It’s not like I’m overreacting or something, it’s just how it is and I’m super excited to share my experience with you, who are having second thoughts about eating seafood.

“Never judge a book by its cover” is a saying that I totally relate to when comes to trying out new food. Let me explain how my love towards seafood, but especially grilled crab legs, started.

One night, my friends (who are very skillful when comes to making dinner) invited me to a dinner and I was so excited because I knew that we would have a lot of fun and that I would try out something new and different (they just love to make new dishes).

How To Cook Crab Legs On The Grill

Grilled King Crab

However, what I didn’t know was the fact that the theme for that dinner was “seafood”. Needless to say, I wasn’t eager to try the food but I was starving and they were pretty convincing so eventually I tried it.

The second I tried crab legs, it was like I’m on cloud nine. I was so amazed at how flavorful they were and I was thinking why took me so long to discover this dish? Since then, I’ve been making various seafood dishes, but the most favorite dish is the one that I’m sharing with you today- crab legs on the grill. You just have to try it! So, let’s find out how to cook crab legs on the grill.

It’s time to cook the perfect crab legs on the grill

#1. Recipe one

Prep time: 10 min / Cooking time: around 5 minutes

The Ingredient List

Below you’ll find all the ingredients that you’re going to need so you can cook crab legs with a lot of fun and enthusiasm.

The crab legs and the sauce

  • 2 pounds crab legs
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 lemons

The Preparation Method

If you’re wondering why we cook this dish on the grill, it’s because that way, it preserves all the benefits of the crab such as a lot of proteins and a low-fat.

Step 1: You just can’t wait to start grilling, can you?

Since the crab legs usually come in frozen packages, first you’ll need to thaw them. To do that, you’re going to need a large bowl with cool water. Be patient and don’t rush the process. It’s going to take several hours before the crab legs are completely thawed.

Step 2: Wrap it up, babe!

Next, you’ll need foil. So, grab the crab legs and wrap them in foil. That way, you will preserve the quality and delicious taste of your new favorite dish. Just to let you know, the foil also helps in keeping the crab legs soft, otherwise, the meat can become tough.

Step 3: Let’s have some fun!

Now, the most interesting part- grilling. So, now you’re doing a real work. The best temperature for grilling the crab legs is between medium and high, it depends on the grill. Grill the meat for about three to five minutes, per side. And, please turn the meat just once, otherwise, you will ruin the taste of the dish.

Step 4: Do you love dipping sauce?

Now that you’re done with crab legs, you still have one more thing to do so you can fully enjoy your dinner. You have to make the dipping sauce and here is how to do it.

You’re going to need the butter stick, the garlic clove, and a sauce pan. Now, melt the butter stick with a chopped garlic clove in your favorite sauce pan. Make sure to do that on low heat otherwise, you’ll burn it.

Step 5: Where is the ramekin?

Now that you’ve successfully made that sauce, it’s time to show it off to your family. Pour the butter sauce in a lovely ramekin, so it looks fancy.

Step 6: Dinner’s ready!

You can serve the dish with slices of lemon. Finally, dinner is ready! It’s time to enjoy this wonderful dish with your family.

Crab legs on the grill

How to cook crab legs on the grill

#2. Recipe 2:  How to grill the crab legs- fast and easy

So, here is my second favorite way on how to cook crab legs on the grill, and I’m sure that you’re going to love it. I certainly do, since it’s perfect when I’m in a hurry and I just want to eat this delicious dish. Thanks to its proteins and other benefits, it’s just perfect dish when I have a busy day, to keep my energy on a high level.

Ingredients For Crab Legs:

  • 3-4 lbs king crab legs, cooked
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

The Preparation Method

Step 1: Heat things up!

So, the first thing you should do is to heat that grill, just make sure the temperature is perfect for crab legs.

Step 2: Let’s do it!

Now, you’re going to need a pastry brush. Brush the crab legs, both sides, with oil. Pay attention that the oil is spread evenly, because that guarantees the best taste of the meat.

Since now the crab legs are ready for grilling, it’s time to place them on the grill (make sure it’s hot enough, otherwise the meat can become dry).

Step 3: It’s all about timing

Grill each side of the crab legs for around 4 minutes, until the meat gets a nice, smoky flavor.  Like I already mentioned in the first recipe, make sure that you just turn the meat once, not more.

Step 4: It’s time to enjoy the dish

Remove the meat to plates and then serve with your favorite sauce.

Why not make the best sauce ever?

Enjoying dinner isn’t possible without the right sauce. So, if you want to make a sauce that will enhance the already perfect taste of crab legs, here you have two ways to do that. The first one is to make Cocktail sauce, while the other one is to make Garlic Butter sauce. Either way, you’ll enjoy your dinner.

Cocktail sauce

Prep time: 5 minutes


  • ½ cup of ketchup
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons horseradish
  • Tabaco sauce
cocktail sauce

Cocktail sauce

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make this delicious sauce, that will spice up your dinner.

To make this sauce, you’ll need a small bowl. Mix in the bowl: horseradish, ketchup, a dash of Worcestershire, a dash of Tabasco sauce, and a squirt of lemon.

That’s it! Chill the sauce and serve.

Garlic Butter Sauce

Prep time: 5-10 Min


  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons parsley (dried)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped

So, first, you need to melt the butter in the saucepan. Then cook the garlic in it, until it has a nice color. After that, just add in the saucepan salt, pepper, and the parsley. Stir the sauce until bubbling.

You can either serve the sauce while it’s still hot or you can wait until it’s cool. I prefer the first case, but it’s your choice.

Extra Tips

Using aluminum foil will make cooking a lot easier because it will keep the meat moist and it will cook it evenly. However, what I love the most is the fact that cleaning is pretty easy thanks to the foil. So, no need to worry if you’ll wash the dishes for a whole day.

In case you want to look the video on how to make grilled crab legs, you can watch this one. It was really helpful to me because the process is simple.


Nothing can make cooking easier than the right tools in your kitchen. In case you don’t have a suitable saucepan, here you have a link to the one that is favorite among the cooks, so check it out. Not only that you’ll be satisfied with the quality of the saucepan, but also your sauce will be perfect.

Here you have a beautiful set of 6 ramekins, that will add a nice, vivid touch to your dining table.


So, folks, there you have it- everything that you need to cook delicious crab legs on the grill. I hope that you’ll fall in love with this dish like I did.

There is no doubt that the perfect taste of the crab legs, combined with your favorite sauce will make this dish unforgettable. Whether you’re making a dinner for your loved one, for your family or just for yourself, crab legs on the grill is just the right choice. Also, don’t forget to check the products because the quality of your dish depends on the quality of your tools.

Now it’s time for you to take your cooking to the next level and enjoy making your dinner like never before!

In the end, I would like to hear your comments on this new dish, did you enjoy the perfect taste and so on. Moreover, don’t hesitate to share this article with others who can’t wait to enjoy the new and delicious food.

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