These are such a treat and are perfect for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or anytime when you feel like spoiling yourself. The best part is they are so easy to prepare and the flavor, well, delicious!
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Can you cook frozen crab legs on the grill?
Frozen crab legs don’t need to be completely thawed to cook them on the grill. Although I like to thaw them before I grill them. They definitely cook quicker and more evenly if they are thawed.
How to Grill Crabs legs
As I mentioned, I like to thaw my king crab legs before grilling them. The easiest thing to do is thaw them overnight in your refrigerator. Place them in a large roasting pan. This will save you some clean up time! The crab legs will release quite a bit of water as they thaw. The roasting pan is much easier to clean than your fridge!
Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the garlic. Cook until fragrant, but do not let it brown; set aside. Using a good pair of kitchen scissors, cut each side of the crab legs, so you have 2 halves. The meat should still be in both halves of the shells.
You will want your grill to be hot (450 degrees F.) before you put the crab legs on. It helps if you rub oil on your grill, this will prevent the meat from sticking to the grill. Grill the crab legs until you have light grill marks on the crab meat. Carefully turn the legs over using a combination of a spatula and tongs, keeping the meat in the shells.
Generously brush the crab legs with the garlic butter and continue to cook the crab legs until the butter is just bubbling in the shell. Remove from the grill and serve immediately.
Are crab legs cooked When I buy them?
I have had this question come up a few times. The answer is yes, absolutely your crabs’ legs are cooked when you buy them frozen.
The crab is cooked very shortly after it is caught either on the boat or as soon as it is taken off the boat at the docks. It is then flash-frozen to preserve its freshness.
What is the difference between snow crab legs and king crab legs?
The difference between king crab legs and snow crab legs is the size. King crab legs are actually shorter than snow crab legs but have a much thicker shell and are generally meatier. Snow crab legs are longer but thinner; the shell is also much thinner as well.
I like to grill the king crab legs as they are sturdy and have a lot of meat per leg. The shells can be tough to cut, and they are a little spiny but definitely worth the effort!
It is nice to have them cut ahead of time so your guests or family can just dig right in without all the fuss.
I know people like to eat crab and seafood in general with lemon juice or fresh lemon. Because the king crab legs are so full of flavor, I like to serve them with just the garlic butter. Drenched in garlic butter!
Next time you are thinking about what to serve for a special dinner or wonderful appetizer, you must try these. There really is nothing like the taste of the sea cooked on the grill!
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- 2 lbs king crab legs
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
- Thaw the crab legs in the refrigerator overnight. Keep them in a large roasting pan as there will be quite a bit of water come out of the crab’s legs as they thaw. If you are in a hurry, you can thaw them by running them under cold water for 20 minutes or until they are thawed. This method will impart some water into the crab legs, so be careful when you are cutting them open you will have crab water everywhere!
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan, add the garlic and cook until fragment. Remove from the heat but keep warm.
- Using a good pair of kitchen scissors, cut each side of the crab legs shell. With the shell still together, using a sharp knife cut the meat so that you have meat in both halves of the shell.
- Heat your grill to hot (450 degrees F.)
- Rub the grill with oil before putting the crab legs on. This will help to keep them
from sticking to the grill.
- Carefully place the crab legs meat side down on the grill and cook until you have light grill marks on the crab meat.
- Carefully turn the crab legs over using a combination of a spatula and tongs, keeping the meat in the shell.
- Brush each crab leg half generously with the garlic butter and continue to cook until the butter is just bubbling in the shell.
- Remove from the grill and serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 715Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 321mgSodium: 5104mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 88g
Recipe calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is estimation only. If you need nutritional calculations for medical reasons, please use a source that you trust.