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, CraBBQ!


Crab on the BBQ? Yes, it can be! But you have to hurry because the snow crab season is ephemeral. With a duration of about 6 weeks, the fishing starts in early April and we will find the crustacean in the fish markets until mid-May. The crab that we buy is usually already cooked. It therefore requires little cooking and some herbs are enough to appreciate the delicate flavor. The BBQ method keeps a maximum of taste. In addition, as always, BBQ cooking avoids dirtying dishes! No more cauldrons!



  • For 2 people
  • Preparation: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes



  • 4-6 sections of snow crab
  • 1-2 lemons cut in half and grilled
  • Flavored butter for cooking and serving
  • Spicy mayonnaise to accompany the crab


Flavored butter:

  • 1 cup of melted salted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon of BBQ Quebec Ocean spice mix
  • 1 tablespoon of BBQ Quebec Bourbon-Maple sauce
  • 3 tablespoon of finely chopped parsley
  • Pepper to taste
    * Divide the recipe in 2 (cooking and accompaniment)


Spicy Mayonnaise:

  • ⅓ cup of mayonnaise
  • The juice of half a lime
  • 1 teaspoon of BBQ Quebec Argentina spice mix
  • 2 teaspoon of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped chives



  • Preheat the BBQ to 400 °F;
  • Turn on the burners for indirect cooking;
  • On the pale part of the crab, cut a rectangle in the shell of the legs with a paring knife (this will allow the flavors to reach the flesh during cooking);
    Place the lemons on the direct cooking area;
  • Place the crab sections on the indirect cooking arera;
  • Brush the crab with the flavored butter;
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes without opening the BBQ lid;
  • Remove the lemons and preserve;
  • Turn the crab over, brush again and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes;
  • Brush one last time;
  • Serve with a dash of grilled lemon, remaining flavored butter and / or spicy mayonnaise.



  • The body of the crab is not eaten; detach the legs before cooking, you can use the carcass for your crustacean broth;
  • Calculate 2 to 3 sections of snow crab per person for a complete meal;
  • If the crab is raw, double the cooking time (12-15 minutes total);
  • The crab is ready when a soft sweet smell comes from it;
  • Use crabmeat in your risottos, sandwiches, pizzas, crab rolls, stuffed burgers and mac n ‘cheese …
  • Use leftover butter to toast bread croutons and mayonnaise for your dips and sandwiches.



Written by Julie Perron