Barbecuing crab legs on the grill can be an easy way to give a flavorful twist on a favorite shellfish delicacy. Wrapping them in foil helps to protect the shell while simmering the meat to smokey and tender perfection. Use fresh crab legs or thaw out frozen ones so that your favorite seasonings will soak in and create a memorable feast for your family and friends.
Cover, Sizzle and Smoke
Crab legs cook well on a medium-high grill heat of approximately 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a foil bag or a large foil sheet turned up on the edges into a sturdy pan or onto a cutting board, then position unfrozen crab legs in the center of the foil. Baste them with an even mixture of olive oil and seafood spices. Seal the foil bag or add a top layer of foil sheet and crimp the edges well, leaving space for heat circulation. Place on the preheated grill and cook to an internal temperature of 145 F, or approximately 3 to 4 minutes.
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Wendy K. Leigh is a travel writer and photojournalist from Seattle. She is the Editor of Islands America, a travel website for visiting islands within the United States. She also writes about home design, food and historical architecture. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington.