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Traeger Grilled Crab Legs

My Traeger Grilled Crab Legs are perfectly cooked, and super-charged with wood smoke flavor in both the sauce and the crab itself. Once you try wood-fired crab, you’ll never go back to plain steamers again.

Traeger Snow Crab Legs

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.

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Traeger Grilled Crab Legs

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.

Traeger Grilled Crab Legs

Can you grill frozen crab legs?

Nope!

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. 

Traeger Grilled Crab Legs

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. 

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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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Traeger Grilled Crab Legs

What can I serve with grilled crab legs?

I highly suggest serving with my Traeger Grilled Cheddar Bay Biscuits, and a big fresh crisp green salad with my Greek Freak Salad Dressing.

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Traeger Snow Crab Legs

Traeger Grilled Crab Legs

Traeger Grilled Crab Legs

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

These easy and delicious Traeger Grilled Crab Legs cook in about 30 minutes, are seasoned with garlic, Old Bay, and lots of butter, and a shot of wine.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Thaw the crab clusters completely in the fridge or in a bowl of cool water.
  2. Light the grill according to manufacturer directions, and preheat to 375°.
  3. Place the crab into a large 9x13 cake pan, or a foil grill pan.
  4. Combing the sauce ingredients and pour over the crab legs in the pan.
  5. Place the pan onto the grill rack and close the lid.
  6. 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
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!
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