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Snow Crab; Grilling or Steaming. So Sweet!




Have you got five minutes?  Because that’s about as long as it takes before you’ll be eating pure sweet snow crab!  It’s got to be one of the most decadent and easiest seafoods to prepare.  Snow Crab is a great example of how seafood speaks for itself. 
In Atlantic Canada, there is an abundance of snow crab which is fished in deep into the Gulf of the St. Lawrence. Steaming or grilling are my favorite ways to prepare it.  You can buy Snow Crab in clusters; one for everyone! 

When it comes to preparing snow crab for a delicious meal, the keyword to remember is “Snow Crab Grilling.” To achieve the perfect taste and texture, proper thawing is essential. Ideally, you should allow the crab to thaw in a bowl in the refrigerator overnight. However, if you’re short on time, there’s a quicker method. Place the snow crab clusters in a colander and run them under cool water until the ice has completely disappeared.

Once your snow crab is thawed, it’s time to bring out the grill for an exquisite culinary experience. Grilling snow crab not only imparts a smoky flavor but also locks in its natural sweetness and juiciness. A quick five-minute grilling session is all it takes to elevate your snow crab to a whole new level of deliciousness.

It’s worth noting that you’ll rarely find snow crab served raw.

This is because they immediately process live snow crab using a specialized technique.

It involves blasting the crab with brine and employing a flash-freezing method. This unique approach helps preserve the crab’s freshness and flavor, ensuring that it reaches your table in the best possible quality.

In summary, when dealing with snow crab, remember the importance of proper thawing and the magic of grilling. Whether you’re a seafood enthusiast or a novice in the kitchen, these steps will lead you to a delightful snow crab grilling experience that’s bursting with flavor and freshness.

Snow Crab

Snow Crab; Steamed or Grilled

Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Brunch, Main Course
Cuisine North American
Servings 4


  • 4 Clusters Snow Crab Thawed; see notes
  • 2 lemons


Steaming Snow Crab

  • Take snow carb out of the freezer and unthaw in the fridge overnight
  • Bring a steamer pot of water (about 2 inches of water) to a boil, then place the crab legs in the steamer basket. Cover the pot, and steam for about five minutes
  • Pull out with tongs and let cool on a platter before serving
  • Serve with lemon wedges. Butter optional

Grilling Snow Crab

  • Same as above but you're placing closers of the thaws snow crab on a pre-heated (400°) grill. Close the lid and cook five minutes. Serve same way


Ideally, you want to thaw the crab in a bowl in refrigerator overnight.  To speed this up, place the crab clusters in a colander and run them under cool until the ice is gone.
Steaming and grilling for five minutes will give you a sweet and juicier experience.
Pairs well with Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Champagne, Muscadet, and Pinot Gris.


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