How long to cook crab legs on grill

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This Grilled Crab Legs recipe with Garlic Butter Sauce is the best way to cook crab legs! 🔥 You will love these luscious, tender crab legs and garlicky butter sauce for dipping. It’s a delicious pairing unlike any other!

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  • Grilled Crab Legs Ingredients
  • How to Grill Crab Legs
  • What to Serve with King Crab Legs
  • How to Reheat Cooked Crab Legs
  • King Crab Recipe FAQs
  • Side Dishes for Crabs
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Best Crab Legs

Honestly, grilling crab legs is simple to do and so worth it for the incredible flavor. BBQ crab legs are my favorite and paired with that incredible garlic butter dip, you just can’t go wrong.

Equipment for Grilling King Crab Legs

  • A grill
  • A bowl with a spoon to mix garlic butter sauce
  • Tongs

Grilling out is one of my favorite pastimes. My family knows where to find me when summer rolls around: outside spending quality time with my grill! When it comes to cooking, there is almost nothing I could say I love more than grilling recipes.

These Grilled Crab Legs really take the cake. Crab leg recipes are some of my favorites (I love Steamed Crab Legs!), but they’re even better on the grill! Especially when you pair them with garlic butter sauce for crab legs or our Creamy Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe.

Grilled Crab Legs Ingredients

  • king crab legs or snow crab legs
  • garlic butter sauce or Creamy Lemon Butter Sauce
  • Lemon wedges (optional)

After mixing my garlic butter sauce, I like to use my remaining parsley to top the grilled king crab legs with along with a squeeze of lemon juice. I find it adds an extra layer of flavor that is just irresistible.

I like to use king crab legs, but you can use any type of crab you prefer for this grilled crab legs recipe.

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How to Grill Crab Legs

  1. Preheat your grill to medium.
  2. Split 3 pounds of crab legs and place them on a baking sheet split-side up.
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  3. Combine the ingredients to make garlic butter sauce in a bowl using a spoon. Use melted butter so you have a sauce.
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  4. Gently spoon the garlic butter over the meat of the crab legs. Reserve additional butter for serving after grilling crab legs.
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  5. Place the split crab legs on the grill, shell-side down. Close the lid and grill for approximately 10 minutes or until the crab is cooked through. Crab leg meat is cooked when it is reddish-orange and opaque.
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  6. Remove from the grill and serve with the delicious garlic butter sauce and fresh lemon wedges. Enjoy!

Easy, right? Once you know how to cook king crab legs on the grill, I guarantee you’re going to want to make them this way every time. The flavor of the crab meat with the garlic butter sauce is just incredible.

What to Serve with King Crab Legs

There is nothing better than a Surf and Turf combination. It is the ultimate combination of flavors!

My favorite pairings for crab legs are:

  • Grilled Beef Short Ribs
  • Beef Skewers
  • Porterhouse Steak
  • Smoked Brisket
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How to Reheat Cooked Crab Legs

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Fill a casserole dish with approximately ½ inch of water.
  3. Place the crab legs in the dish.
  4. Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and poke holes on top to let out the steam .
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve with garlic butter and enjoy!

King Crab Recipe FAQs

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Side Dishes for Crabs

  • Elotes Mexicanos
  • Baked Potato Wedges
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob
  • Grilled Potatoes
  • Foil Pack Potatoes

I love dipping them in Remoulade Sauce Recipe! It is an amazing combination of flavors!!

Best Seafood Recipes

  • Shrimp Bisque Recipe – this is on my holiday list every year!
  • Shrimp Shumai
  • Lobster Ravioli
  • Chinese Shrimp Recipe

And of course, try my recipe for Boiled Crab Legs! They are just as delicious with garlic butter sauce on the side and are easy to cook on your stove.

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