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The Best Ways to Cook Your Crab Legs: Grilling Edition

The Best Ways to Cook Your Crab Legs: Grilling Edition

With warm sunshine on the radar and a cold drink in hand, there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than grilling on the back deck. Even better? If you have wild-caught Alaskan king crab to throw on the grill! 

Grilled king crab legs are amazing for a multitude of reasons. First, the taste is out-of-this-world. Secondly, it’s one of the easiest preparations for crab legs. And lastly, cooking and eating outside means a fast clean-up!

How to Grill King Crab Legs

Remember: When our Alaskan king crab legs arrive on your doorstep, they are already cooked, glazed, and frozen. At that point, they’ve already been cooked either directly on the fishing boat or immediately upon landfall — that’s how the fresh taste is preserved. Really, your job is simply to thaw and reheat the crab legs.

STEP ONE: First, you’ll need to thaw the crab legs 8-12 hours overnight in the refrigerator. Once they’ve thawed, you can safely keep your king crab legs in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. (And if you don’t want to thaw and cook them soon, you can keep them in the freezer for up to 12 months thanks to the glaze we use!)

Pro tip: Prep your grill before you begin! Those charred chunks of black sludge aren’t going to do your crab legs any favors.

STEP TWO: Once your crab legs are thawed, the next step is to coat each leg evenly in olive oil. (Don’t skip this step! This is what prevents the legs from sticking to the grill and tearing.) This is most easily accomplished using a silicone basting brush to make sure all sides are covered!

STEP THREE: While you’re prepping your king crab legs with olive oil, you should be preheating your grill. The best temperature for grilling crab legs is medium-low — about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Any hotter than that, and you risk overcooking your crab legs (yikes!). Once your grill reaches that temperature, it’s time to rock and roll.

STEP FOUR: Place your crab legs on the grill for about five minutes. No need to move them around during that time frame. After five minutes, use tongs to flip the crab legs over to the other side. They’ll need about five more minutes on the second side, but keep an eye on them — they just need to be heated all the way through. 

After that, all that’s left is to pass around the sides, open a cold beer, and get to crackin’! Be sure to have melted butter or one of our favorite sauces on the table in time to be devoured.

Here’s a quick snapshot of how to grill your crab legs:

How to grill king crab legs:

What you’ll need:

  • Oil
  • Brush
  • Grill Tongs

Instructions:

  • Brush oil on all sides of the king crab legs to prevent them from sticking.
  • Place king crab legs on a medium-low grill (about 300 degrees Fahrenheit) for five minutes.
  • Turn them over and cook for another five minutes until they’re heated all the way through.

Here’s a step-by-step video of how to grill Alaskan king crab legs:

Ready to fire up the grill? Order Alaskan king crab legs now!

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