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Traeger Smoked Crab Legs
Crab legs have been one of my very favorite foods ever since I first tried them. As an adult, I’m pretty sure. Crab wasn’t huge up in Northern Minnesota, so my first experience probably happened at Red Lobster.
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At first, I kind of thought they seemed like they were a lot of work for not great reward, but once I experienced a whole freshly cracked crab leg in some salty garlicky butter, it was over.
Now I like all the crab. All of it. King crab. Snow crab. Dungeness crab. Stone crab. Gimmie.
How to grill crab legs
Grilling crab legs is so easy! Just combine all of the braising liquid, dump it over your crab legs, and stick them on the Traeger. Close the lid and let the magic happen.
If you are grilling King Crab legs you can also split the legs and cook them directly on the grill grates, but personally, I prefer to cook them in the pan so I can baste the crab with the buttery cooking liquid.
Can you grill frozen crab legs?
Make sure that you thaw them in the fridge or in a bowl of cold water before you grill the crab. You’ll get the best texture that way, and ensure that everything is cooked evenly.
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DO NOT thaw in the microwave. Don’t thaw out on the counter. Always use safe food handling practices, especially when dealing with seafood.
Are frozen crab legs already cooked?
Yup! Crab is cooked right away after it is caught, and then it is frozen and shipped all over the world. Most crab is able to be eaten cold, or you can cook it to reheat it as well if you prefer to eat your crab hot.
What condiments go with crab?
For hot crab, nothing beats melted clarified butter in my opinion. It is simple but the perfect compliment to the sweet crab meat.
For cold crab, cocktail sauce is a traditional pairing, as is a squeeze of lemon.
What’s the best way to reheat cooked crab legs?
There are many different ways to reheat precooked crab. Some of the most popular methods are steaming, cooking in the oven, and grilling.
Any of these methods will work, but I find the most flavorful way to be grilling.
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What can I serve with grilled crab legs?
- 4-6 pounds snow crab leg clusters
- 1 cup melted butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 2-3 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Thaw the crab clusters completely in the fridge or in a bowl of cool water.
- Light the grill according to manufacturer directions, and preheat to 375°.
- Place the crab into a large 9x13 cake pan, or a foil grill pan.
- Combing the sauce ingredients and pour over the crab legs in the pan.
- Place the pan onto the grill rack and close the lid.
- Grill for 10 minutes, baste with the butter mixture, and grill for an additional 10 minutes. Baste once more, and grill an additional 5-10 minutes, and then serve hot.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 801 Total Fat: 38g Saturated Fat: 20g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 403mg Sodium: 3378mg Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 108g