Timber 2 Table - Fire-Roasted Blue Crabs Recipe

Everyone knows you can boil or steam a blue crab, but did you know you could grill them over open coals?

Fire-Roasted Blue Crabs Recipe

5 Min

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time



While an old-fashioned crab boil, steam, or Low Country boil are the traditional methods of cooking blue crabs, they aren't the only way. Grilling up steaks, burgers, or sausages? Clean a few crabs and toss them on the cooking grate.

Grill the crabs for 5-10 minutes per side until the shells turn bright red.

You can grill blue crabs over hardwood, charcoal, or even on a gas grill with a small foil packet of wood chips for a little smoke. They don't take long, five to 10 minutes per side, depending on the heat of the fire and the size of the crab. Once the shells are bright red all over, the crab is probably ready.

Be it in a trap, a net, or even a line, catching crabs is some of the most fun you can have on the beach.

Start the crab with the cleaned side down so that, once flipped, the body cavity makes a small well to hold spice and a drizzle of beer or water to steam.


2-3 blue crabs per person (or more if you are feeding a hungry crowd)

16 ounces of your favorite beer

Cajun seasoning

Cooking Instructions

Keep your blue crabs on ice until you are ready to clean and cook them.

It's important to keep your crabs on ice until you clean and cook them.

Pick the crab as normal, removing the meat from the claws and body at the table. Since the grilling process makes the shell brittle, very little pressure is needed to break even heavy claw shell. Serve with melted butter for dipping.