Crabs are a delicacy in many countries all over the world. They are cooked and served in a variety of ways; they can be boiled, baked and even grilled. Crab legs are a popular favorite among seafood lovers. While grilling is not the most common way of preparing crab legs, if it is done right, it can be an amazing dish. You can easily grill crab legs at home without too much time and effort. In fact, this tasty treat is much easier to prepare than other dishes with crab in them.
And if seafood isn’t quite your taste, read this to join the dark side!
Many people are skeptical about preparing crab at home but these fears are completely unfounded. The recipe for crab legs below can be attempted by anyone, whether you are a beginner to cooking seafood at home or you are an experienced seafood connoisseur.
The very first step in the process of preparing perfectly grilled crab legs, it to select the right crab. For beginners, it is better to choose a larger variety of crab. It is easier to grill larger crab legs as they are easier to handle with tongs than smaller crab legs. So, if you’re grilling crab legs for the first time, opt for a large variety of the crustacean-like snow crabs, Alaskan King crab or Dungeness crabs. All these varieties of crabs have big legs with a lot of meat on them, making them ideal choices for this recipe.
The next step would be to prep your crab legs to be grilled. This is the most important step and if you get this just right, your dish is sure to be a success. If you are working with frozen crab legs, it is best to let them thaw for a while before starting with the preparation. However, they do not need to completely thaw out. While your crab legs are thawing, preheat your grill to about 350 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Now it is time to season your crab legs prior to grilling them. Crab legs dipped in butter are truly one of the joys of life but you can add more seasoning for added taste. Cut the crab legs lengthwise and sprinkle some chopped garlic and parsley. For best results, season the crab legs with sea salt and black pepper too. Before grilling your crab legs you could wrap them up in aluminum foil but this isn’t strictly necessary.
Now, finally, you are ready to actually begin grilling your crab legs. To prevent the meat from sticking on to the grill, apply some oil on the crab legs. Keep the lid open while grilling. Start the grilling with low heat and gradually take it up to medium heat. Crab legs generally cook very fast. Overcooking crab legs is the most common mistake amateurs make. So, keep them on the grill for a maximum of four to five minutes and not more than that. As you take your crab legs off the grill, it is best to wrap them up in aluminum foil in order to retain the heat.
Follow the steps given above and you will be savoring delicious, perfectly grilled crab legs in no time at all!