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Grilled Chili Lime Crabs

Dungeness crabs are aplenty and are well priced over here in Vancouver now. I bought 2 large size crabs for this fantastic Grilled Chili Lime Crabs recipe. I had the crabs prep by the fishmonger to save time. Back at home, I simply coated the crabs lightly with some peanut oil and off they went to the hot grill. Then, the crabs were taken off the grill, tossed with some chili lime dressing, and placed back on the grill until they are thoroughly cooked. Easy and delicious!

*This is an updated post with a video tutorial guide.

Grilled Chili Lime Crabs


2 Large Dungeness Crabs, cut into 8 pieces for each crab
1 ½ Tbsp Peanut Oil
1 Disposable Aluminum Pan

Chili Lime Dressing
4 Tbsp Lime Juice
3 to 4 Thai Bird’s Eye Chilies, finely chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
4 to 5 Tbsp Chopped Cilantro
2 Tbsp Fish Sauce
5 Tbsp Peanut Oil


Prepare the grill on high heat for direct cooking.

Combine all the chili lime ingredients and whisk well.

Brush the crab pieces lightly with some oil. Grill the crab pieces over high heat for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove the crab pieces from the grill and place them into the aluminum pan. Toss the dressing all over the crabs.

Return the aluminum pan to the grill over direct high heat and gently turn the crab pieces with a tong to coat them with the chili lime dressing. Cook the crab pieces for about 3 minutes or until the crab is fully cooked. Serve immediately.

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  1. they look great!! I bet them lime dressing really works well with the crab! thanks for sharing!

  2. Angie...my mouth-watering already just looking at your dish of grilled Chili Lime Crabs. Thanks for sharing another great simple and delicious dish..mmmmmm wiping my keyboard now :p

  3. Wish I could have a taste my mouth is seriously watering and I just had dinner.

  4. Oh my god! Chilli, lime, grilled crab...how hungry have you just made me feel?!!? This looks absolutely divine. Full stop.
    Greetings from Gib,

  5. Yummy! I just might make this over the holiday weekend. Reminds me of Salt and Pepper Crabs, as well as Chili Crabs, that I get in Singapore. Thanks!!

  6. Chili and lime are classic flavours to combine with crab...they go together extremely well.

    Glad to see that you got the fishmonger to do all the crab prep for you. I don't think people use fishmongers enough - prepping fish and seafood can be quite tricky, and it's easy to get wrong, yet the person you buy from is likely to be an expert who can do what would take you half an hour with a few expert sweeps of his (far better than your) knife.



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