How to cook some delicious King Crab legs then using them to smoke

Published Jan 17, 2020 02:00 p.m. ET
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It might sound strange at first, but the natural flavors of both cannabis and King Crab meat complement each other quite nicely. Since these ingredients are often touted as a unique and enjoyable experience, it just makes sense that somebody somewhere in the world would figure out how to combine the two. King Crab legs are an expensive delicacy, which makes them a rare treat, so why not utilize all portions of the meal and have a bit of fun in the process.

How to cook King Crab legs with cannabutter

King Crab legs can cost more than $20 per pound, so it is important to know how to prepare them properly. Otherwise, it could quickly turn into a very expensive mistake. Luckily this King Crab legs recipe is really easy even for the least experienced chefs, guaranteeing a delicious taste and texture with minimal work involved.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 28 minutes

Calories per serving: 356

Servings: 4


  • 2 lbs. King Crab legs (not frozen)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons cannabutter
  • 1 level teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 minced garlic clove


  • Baking dish
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Sauce brush


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  2. Place the King Crab legs into a baking dish or pan.

  3. Drop the cannabutter into a saucepan and set the burner to low heat.

  • Wait for the cannabutter to melt, and once it has, toss the rest of the ingredients into a saucepan and whisk them together.

  • Let the cannabutter mixture simmer for a few minutes before turning off the heat and brushing it onto the crab legs in a thick, generous layer.

  • Now you are ready to bake your King Crab legs in the oven, but how long they will need to be cooked will ultimately depend on their size. Most crab legs will take anywhere between 25-35 minutes, but a good indicator that they are done is when the meat turns flaky and white. Be sure to baste the King Crab legs every 10-15 minutes so that they stay juicy and get nicely infused with cannabis.

  • Enjoy your freshly baked King Crab legs but remember to save a section of the leg that is hollow and without holes or cracks for the next challenge.

  • How to smoke out of a King Crab leg

    After you have eaten the savory meat from inside of the legs, all that will remain is the outer shell. Instead of throwing them away, select one that is straight, hollow, and follow the steps below for a truly unique experience.

    1. Rinse the hollow shell with cold water to ensure that all the meat and other bits are washed away.

    2. Grind up some of your favorite herb, but not too fine, as larger pieces will help to lodge the weed and hold it into place as you take small hauls off this homemade pipe.

    3. Pack the widest opening full of cannabis.

    4. Hold the smaller opening to your lips, spark up the makeshift bowl, and take a puff.

    While we can’t say that this project alone is worth investing in expensive King Crab legs, if you enjoy the dish and want to get the most bang for your buck, it’s an excellent way to do that. It’s also something that is so easy and works so well that it can help to open your eyes to the possibility of making almost anything you could ever dream of into a fully functional smoking device.

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