Broiled Crab Legs


Basil and lemon zest add fresh flavor to the melted butter served with these no-fuss crab legs.

Broiled Crab Legs

Andy Lyons

Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 ½ pound fresh or frozen crab legs, split*

  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Thaw crab legs, if frozen. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Place crab legs, cut side up, on the greased unheated rack of a broiler pan. Stir together butter, basil, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Brush crab legs with butter mixture. Broil 4 to 6 inches from the heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through.

  2. Makes 4 (4-ounce) servings


If split crab legs are unavailable from your grocer, purchase whole legs. Using kitchen shears, cut through the lighter colored underside of each leg. Lay partially split legs on a cutting board. Cut through each hard shell with a sharp knife, completely splitting the legs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

154 Calories
10g Fat
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 154
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 799mg 35%
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 7.7mg 39%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 206mg 4%
Folate, total 40.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 8.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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