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Soft Shell Crabs

 

New!  Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich (Low-Fat Fried)

Ingredients:
3 soft-shell crabs
1 egg white
1/2 Tbsp. water
2/3 tsp. Cajun spice mix
3 Tbsp. flour
Fresh sandwich buns

Instructions:
Mix egg white with water, using a fork.  Mix flour and Cajun spice in a plastic bag.  Dip both sides of a crab in the egg-water mixture, then put the crab in the bag and shake the bag until the crab is covered with the flour/spice mixture.  Repeat for each crab.  Spray a non-stick skillet lightly with non-stick cooking spray.  Cook each side of the crab two to three minutes over medium-high heat.  Serve each crab on a sandwich bun, slathered with cocktail sauce and garnished with lettuce.
Courtesy Simply Blue Crabs by Peter Meyer

 

New!  Fried Soft Shell Crabs

Ingredients:
12 medium Maryland soft shell crabs, cleaned
1 cup pancake flour
1 tsp. seafood seasoning
oil for frying

Instructions:
Mix together pancake flour and seafood seasoning.  Dredge crabs in flour mixture to coat well.  In large frying pan, heat about 1/2 inch cooking oil to 375.  Add crabs and turn heat down to 350.  Cook crabs until browned, about 5 minutes on each side.  Makes 6 servings (2 crabs each).
Courtesy Maryland Department of Agriculture

 

Stuffed Soft Shell Crabs

Ingredients:
12 medium Maryland soft shell crabs, cleaned
1 pound Maryland backfin crabmeat
1 stick butter

Instructions:
Dry soft shell crabs with paper towels.  Remove all cartilage from crabmeat.  Place soft shell crabs in shallow baking pan.  Remove top shell from crabs and stuff each crab cavity with about 3 tablespoons crabmeat.  Replace top shell.  Melt butter and pour evenly over crabs.  Bake at 400 until shells turn red and crabs brown slightly, about 15 minutes.  Makes 6 servings (2 crabs each).
Courtesy Maryland Department of Agriculture

 

Deep Fried Soft Shell Crabs

A plate of these don't last long!

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 twelve ounce can beer, allowed to go flat
6 large soft shell crabs, cleaned
oil for frying

Instructions:
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.  Stir in the beer, mix until well blended.  Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.  Heat oil in deep fat fryer or pot to 375.  Dust the prepared crabs with flour, then coat with the batter.  Slip carefully into the hot fat.  Fry only 1 or 2 at a time so oil does not cool off.  Fry until golden brown, drain on paper towels and serve immediately.  Serves 3 to 6.
Courtesy Chesapeake Bay Cookbook

 

Beer Batter Soft Shell Crabs

Ingredients:
3/4 cup unbleached flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. Old Bay or other seafood seasoning
1 egg
3/4 cup beer
12 soft shell crabs 
oil

Instructions:
Combine flour, egg, salt, Old Bay and mix well.  Add beer and let stand for 2-3 hours. In a large skillet, deep fryer, or pot heat oil to 375.  Dip crabs in batter and drop into oil one at a time.  Fry to golden brown and remove to drain on paper towels.

 

 

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