Author: Traeger

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Difficulty Rating: 2/5
  • 8 soft-shell crabs, cleaned, thawed if frozen
  • 3 tablespoon(s) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh basil, chives, or parsley, or a mixture
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • Old Bay Seasoning or Traeger Cajun Rub
  • Prepared tartar sauce, for serving

Preperation Steps
  • Rinse the crabs under cold running water and pat dry on paper towels. Transfer to a large resealable plastic bag.
  • Make the marinade: In a small mixing bowl combine the lemon juice, herbs, Old Bay Seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Pour the marinade over the crabs and refrigerate for 1 hour. Drain the crabs and discard the marinade. Lightly dust the crabs with Old Bay Seasoning.
  • When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 450 degrees (High) and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Arrange the crabs directly on the grill grate and grill, turning once, until the crabs turn orangish-pink and don’t seem “squishy” when pressed with a finger, 16 to 20 minutes total depending on their size. (Truthfully, the cooking time is difficult to estimate.) Transfer to a platter or plates and serve with your favorite tartar sauce.