Grilled Dungeness Crab

Cook Time

45 mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

30 mins


2 - 4


⅛ tsp Cracked Black Pepper

2 tbsp Butter

1 tbsp Cilantro, Chopped

1 cup Crab Stock

¼ cup Ginger Root, Julienned

1 tbsp Honey

1 Lime, Juiced

½ cup mirin

Pinch of Red Chili Flakes

1 tbsp Sesame Oil

½ cup Soy Sauce

Cooking Instructions

Grilling on a Louisiana Grills Pellet Grill infuses wood fired flavors that pair beautifully with any kind of seafood, and Grilled Dungeness Crab is no exception. Because most are harvested in mid-November through December, it’s become a staple on holiday tables along the West Coast and Pacific Northeast. Simple yet delicious, these grilled crabs will be an impressive addition to any gathering.

Where to find Dungeness Crab?

Dungeness Crab flourishes around the Pacific coast, mainly the Washington, Oregon, and North-Central California coasts. If you’re not able to source fresh crab, they can typically be found frozen at your local fish market or high-end grocer.

Best Wood Pellets for Crab

It is recommended to use New England Apple Hardwood Pellets with this recipe as it is light and won’t overpower the crab meat.

  1. Place your crab belly-side up on a work surface. Pull off the triangular-shaped belly flap (called the apron) and drain if needed.
  2. Flip the crab over and, using your thumb, gently remove the carapace (main shell). Scrape out grills, mandibles (mouthpieces) and any remaining debris from the body of the crab then rinse under cold water. All that should remain are clean shell and legs.
  3. Place a saucepot on the grill and add the crab or seafood stock, mirin, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, and lime juice, and bring to a boil.
  4. Place the crabs, shell-side up, in a deep pan on the grill. Pour the stock mixture over the crab. Close grill cover and steam the crabs until they are just cooked through, about 30 minutes, flipping the crabs halfway through cooking. Remove from grill and transfer crabs to a platter.
  5. Strain the steaming liquid into a bowl. Return the liquid to the roasting pan and whisk in the honey, black pepper, and chili flakes. Bring to a boil and simmer until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. Whisk in the butter.
  6. Using your hands, halve the crabs and place in large serving bowl or platter. Pour the sauce over the crab and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Special Tools

  • Bowl
  • Cast Iron Dutch Oven
  • Mesh Strainer or colander
  • Roasting Pan
  • Sauce Pot
  • Serving Platter
  • Steamer
  • Whisk


Before grilling, you must clean your Dungeness crab. If using live crab, you must first steam or boil the crabs for about 7-8 minutes per pound, then rinse thoroughly in cold water. If using frozen crab, simply let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Diet Info

  • Low Carb