Old Bay Crab Legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I can eat a scary amount of crab legs. Fortunately, I don’t have to tell you just how much a ‘scary amount’ is, but when the crab legs are as great as these Old Bay crab legs cooked on my Char-Broil Big Easy, I cannot control myself. From the moment they go into cooker the aroma hits you and your stomach will start growling. In just minutes you too can be enjoying nice big ole meaty crab legs covered in Old Bay seasoning. For dipping, I made a bit of clarified butter, which is also something I cannot control myself around. This was a bonus meal for sure!
Old Bay Crab Legs on the Char-Broil Big EasyYou can make Old Bay snow crab legs too, if you wish, but you’ll probably want to cut back on the heating time. It doesn’t take long to re-heat the already-steamed thawed crab legs.

If you prefer to grill your crab legs, try my grilled Old Bay crab legs. Also try my garlic lobster tails and snow crab legs also cooked up perfectly on the Big Easy.

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Old Bay Crab Legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Note: The clarified butter takes longer to make than do the crab legs, so you'll want to start that first. You can also make the clarified butter ahead of time and just warm it for serving.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds steamed King crab legs defrosted
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Old Bay seasoning

For the clarified butter

  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Break the crab legs at the joints if necessary so that they fit into the Big Easy basket.
  • Take a pair of kitchen scissors and make a cut along the full length of the bottoms of the legs.
  • Melt 1/4 cup of the butter in a small saucepan and add Old Bay to taste. Stir. Brush butter mixture over the legs. Don't be afraid to separate the cuts you made a bit to get some of the butter inside.
  • Place legs into the Big Easy basket and lower into the cooker.
  • Heat for 6-8 minutes. Heat less if using snow crab or smaller legs, more for bigger legs. Remember the legs are already cooked, you're just re-heating them.

For the clarified butter

  • Place the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Once the butter has melted reduce the heat to the lowest setting possible and then increase to maintain a very slight boil. Heat for 45 minutes.
  • Scoop out the top clear portion of melted butter and run thru a fine sieve. Discard the solids that remain at the bottom of the pan.
  • Serve hot.

Snow Crab Legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Oh, how I dream back to the day that I cooked Alaskan King Crab legs on my Char-Broil Big Easy. Wow, that was great eatin’. I don’t ever need an excuse to chow down on some crab legs, so as I was wandering through the grocery store the other day and came upon a big ole package of Canadian wild-caught snow crab legs, I grabbed them.

The beauty of cooking snow crab legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy besides the fact that they taste fantastic is that they cook (well, warm up… they are already cooked) in absolutely no time at all, with no fuss at all. In no time you are devouring crab meat. Oh, and grab a bib if you’re as messy as I am when you eat crab legs.
Snow Crab Legs on the Char-Broil Big EasyYou can fit a few pounds of crab legs into the Big Easy. As long as you don’t cram them in the basket really tightly they’ll cook up just fine. I like to add a few lemon slices for squeezing over the cooked legs, and I make a little clarified butter for dipping.

Also try my Big Easy Old Bay crab legs.

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Snow Crab Legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Snow crab legs and claws cooked (if frozen, thaw overnight in the fridge first)
  • Olive oil
  • Lemons some juiced, some halved
  • Clarified butter for serving, if desired

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Squeeze a little lemon juice into some olive oil and brush the legs and claws.
  • Place legs and claws in the Big Easy basket along with the remaining lemons (halved first).
  • Place basket in the Big Easy and cook for 6 minutes. Larger legs or more legs might take longer. I pulled a small leg out after 6 minutes for a quick test and found it to be perfect.
  • Serve hot with the roasted lemons and clarified butter for dipping.

Crab Legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I don’t have to have my arm twisted to make and eat crab legs. Ever. I love them. So whenever wild-caught Alaskan king crab is on sale, I grab some legs and claws. Anita’s not such a big fan of crab (well, she is a fan of the crab meat, it’s the sight of the crab appendages that doesn’t appeal to her), so I saved these crab legs made on the Char-Broil Big Easy for my own mid-week lunch.
Crab Legs on the Char-Broil Big EasyYou can’t find something easier and more delicious. The crab legs from the grocery store were pre-cooked, but frozen, so I let them thaw overnight in the fridge. Cook time on the Big Easy was almost nothing. In no time I was enjoying fabulous roasted crab legs. You can use this same approach with snow crab legs, but expect a much quicker cooking time.

If you buy just claws you can use the Big Easy bunk bed basket and really load up with a good amount of crab in a single cook. Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook!

Crab Legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Crab legs and claws cooked (if frozen, thaw overnight in the fridge first). I used Alaskan King Crab. You can use snow crab too, but you might want to shorten the cooking time.
  • Olive oil
  • Lemons some juiced, some halved
  • Clarified butter for serving

Instructions

  • Note: If your legs are too long to fit in the Big Easy basket, just take a sharp knife and split them.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Squeeze a little lemon juice into some olive oil and brush the legs and claws.
  • Place legs and claws in the Big Easy basket along with the remaining lemons (halved first).
  • Place basket in the Big Easy and cook for 6 minutes. Larger legs or more legs might take longer. I pulled a small leg out after 6 minutes for a quick test and found it to be perfect.
  • Serve hot with the roasted lemons and clarified butter for dipping.