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Grilled King Crab Legs with Herb Butter

Grilled King Crab Legs with Herb Butter

By Traeger Kitchen

Not much beats king crab, and these wood-fired legs are smokin'. Grilled and served with garlic butter and fresh lemon for a classic take on this seafood favorite.

Prep Time

10 Min

Cook Time

15 Min




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
12 Tablespoon (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed
3 Tablespoon garlic, minced
3 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, chives, tarragon
Pinch of salt
4 Pound king crab legs or Dungeness crab leg clusters
3 lemons, cut into wedges, for serving


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 375°F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.

    375 ˚F / 191 ˚C

  • 2

    In a small cast iron saucepan, place the butter, garlic, herbs, and a pinch of salt. Place the pan directly on the grill grates close the lid, and cook for 5 minutes to melt the butter. Remove the pan from the grill and stir.

    375 ˚F / 191 ˚C


  • 3

    Reserve a quarter of the herb butter for serving. If using king crab legs, split down the center and pour the herb butter over the meat. If using crab clusters, in a large mixing bowl, toss the clusters with herb butter.

  • 4

    Place the crab legs directly on the grill grates, meat-side-up. Close the lid, and cook for 5-10 minutes, or until hot and beginning to develop a little char on the shell.

    375 ˚F / 191 ˚C


  • 5

    Remove the crab from the grill, and serve with lemon wedges and reserved herb butter. Enjoy!

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