Grilled Old Bay Crab Legs

I don’t make crab legs often, but when I do, I don’t mess around. These grilled Old Bay crab legs were definitely some of the best I’ve ever had. The flavor was just incredible. I hint of smoke from the grill, that great Old Bay flavoring, a little citrus from the lemon, and of course, butter. The liquid for basting the legs as they cook is also great as a dipping sauce. Packed with flavor, you could just drink it right out of the bowl.
Grilled Old Bay Crab LegsThe grilled Old Bay crab legs are cooked over indirect heat, around 350 F. You don’t want to overcook them, so keep an eye on them. I rotated the pan after 10 minutes to make sure the legs got cooked evenly. And don’t forget to baste them. Not only will the legs taste better but the butter sauce will absorb more of that great crab flavor too.

Also try my drunken steamed crab legs and my Old Bay peel’n eat shrimp!

Grilled Old Bay Crab Legs

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 pounds crab legs
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 lemon quartered


  • Fire up your grill for indirect cooking at 350 F.
  • Place crab legs in a disposable aluminum pan. If the legs are too long you may have to cut them at the joints to make them fit.
  • Melt the butter.
  • Add the garlic.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Pour mixture over the crab legs.
  • Sprinkle with the Old Bay and toss to coat.
  • Transfer to the grill and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the crab is done, basting occasionally.
  • Grill the lemon quarters while you are cooking the crab legs and then transfer to the pan with the crab.
  • Remove crab legs to a platter and transfer any remaining drippings to a bowl for dipping.

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