Grilled crab legs with garlic butter sauce

This Grilled Crab Legs recipe with Garlic Butter Sauce is the best way to cook crab legs! 🔥 You will love these luscious, tender crab legs and garlicky butter sauce for dipping. It’s a delicious pairing unlike any other!

Honestly, grilling crab legs is simple to do and so worth it for the incredible flavor. BBQ crab legs are my favorite and paired with that incredible garlic butter dip, you just can’t go wrong.

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

Prep Time: 10min

Cook Time: 10min

Total Time: 20 min

Servings: 4


  • 3 pounds king crab legs
  • 1 serving garlic butter sauce


  1. Preheat your grill to medium.
  2. Split the shells of 3 pounds of crab legs and place them on a baking sheet split-side up.
  3. Combine the ingredients to make garlic butter sauce in a bowl using a spoon.
  4. Use melted butter so you have a sauce.
  5. Gently spoon the garlic butter over the meat of the crab legs.
  6. Reserve additional butter for serving after grilling crab legs.
  7. Place the split crab legs on the grill, shell-side down.
  8. Close the lid and grill for approximately 10 minutes or until the crab is cooked through.
  9. Crab leg meat is cooked when it is reddish-orange and opaque.
  10. Remove from the grill and serve with the delicious garlic butter sauce and fresh lemon wedges. Enjoy!


  • 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!

Nutritional Info:

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

Grilled crab legs with garlic butter sauce

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