BBQ Soft Shell Crab

BBQ Soft Shell Crab

BBQ Soft Shell Crab

Here is an easy and delicious recipe for BBQ Soft-Shell Crabs with Grilled Vidalia Onions.

The total time needed to prepare and cook this wonderful crab BBQ is 2 hours and 30 minutes, However, 2 hours of the total time is when the crabs are marinating. The preparation time is 20 minutes and the cooking time on the grill is only 10 minutes.

This grilled soft shell crab recipe will result in 4 servings.


  • 4 soft-shell crabs (rinsed and cleaned)
  • 2 sticks margarine or butter (margarine will cause less flaring)
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons hot sauce (your favorite)
  • 2 small lemons, juiced
  • 4 slices crisp bacon (crumbled)

Ingredients (Grilled Vidalia Onions):

  • 4 Vidalia onions
  • 4 tablespoons dry vegetable seasoning
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (enough to coat the onion rings)


Melt margarine over low-medium heat and add olive oil, salt, pepper, hot sauce, lemon juice, and bacon. Simmer for 2 minutes. Allow to cool.

Place the cleaned crabs on plate. Liberally coat the crabs with the sauce, making sure to lift the sides of the shell to coat the meat inside.

Save remaining sauce for basting. Cover the crabs and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Heat grill to medium-low.

Place crabs on grill topside down.

Baste with remaining sauce while they cook. Cook crabs about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

The crabs will become crisp on the outside and the meat inside will turn white.

Remove from grill and serve topped with Grilled Vidalia Onions.

Vidalia Onion Rings:

Heat griddle or nonstick pan over medium-high heat.

Peel onions and cut into thin rings. Toss rings with seasoning and olive oil.

Cook until onions turn clear and start to caramelize.

Serve over the grilled crabs.

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