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Grilled crab legs on a white surface with fresh herbs and a side of garlic butter in a little bowl

Grilled Crab Legs with Garlic Butter Sauce

Tender, luscious Grilled Crab Legs cook up in just 10 minutes on the grill and pair deliciously with flavorful garlic butter sauce. You will love every bite of this easy grilling recipe!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled crab legs, grilled king crab legs, grilled snow crab legs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 481kcal


  • Grill



  • Preheat your grill to medium.
    Split the shells of 3 pounds of crab legs and place them on a baking sheet split-side up.
    King crab legs on a wooden cutting board
  • Combine the ingredients to make garlic butter sauce in a bowl using a spoon. Use melted butter so you have a sauce.
    Garlic butter sauce in a metal tin with a spoonful of sauce up close
  • Gently spoon the garlic butter over the meat of the crab legs. Reserve additional butter for serving after grilling crab legs.
    Pouring garlic butter sauce onto grilled king crab legs
  • 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.
    Removing grilled crab legs from the grill with some tongs
  • Remove from the grill and serve with the delicious garlic butter sauce and fresh lemon wedges. Enjoy!
    Dipping a piece of crab into garlic butter sauce with grilled king crab legs visible in the background


  • Make sure to reserve additional garlic butter after spooning it onto the crab meat so you have extra to serve the grilled king crab legs with when they’re done grilling. It is just so flavorful!
  • I love to grill crab legs along with beef for a surf and turf pairing. My favorite choice has to be either Grilled Beef Short Ribs or Portuguese Beef Skewers!


Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 1116mg | Potassium: 207mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1590IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg