Fried Soft-Shell Crab

Fried Soft-Shell Crab

26 Reviews 4 Pics
  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    15 m
  • Ready In

    35 m
WESBRYANT
Recipe by  WESBRYANT

“These crabs are fried to a light crisp, and you can eat the whole crab. It is my favorite food.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 4 servings

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Directions

  1. Clean each crab. Lift one pointed side of top shell and remove the gills by pulling them out. Put top shell back down and repeat on other side. On the bottom side remove tail flap by twisting and pulling off. Using a pair of scissors, remove the face by cutting behind the eyes. Rinse the crabs thoroughly with cold water. Dry on paper towels.
  2. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees F (180 degrees F). In a shallow dish, whisk together the egg and milk using a fork. In a separate bowl, stir salt and pepper into the flour. Lightly salt the crab, then dip in the flour, dip in the egg, then in the flour again.
  3. Carefully place crabs into the deep-fryer. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown on one side. Carefully turn over, and cook until golden on the other side. Drain on paper towels. Serve as soon as they are cool enough to eat. You can eat the whole crab.

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Reviews (26)

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Claudette P Henry
118

Claudette P Henry

Well I have to admit I did not use the egg or milk, just used seasoned flour and pan fried to a golden brown. I was afraid that the egg and milk would create to thick of a crust, and that would take away from the wonderful crab taste.

LINDA MCLEAN
83

LINDA MCLEAN

I'm the queen of soft shell crabs and look forward to eating them every summer. So far, I've eaten about ten! I normally just dredge my crabs in seasoned flour and fry. This was a nice change and I really enjoyed these little critters. For added flavor I did season the flour with garlic and onion powders and a bit of cayenne. If you've never eaten one, give this a shot and please note that any good fish market will happily clean the crabs for you. Thanks WesBryant and happy eating!

LindaSellsNY
52

LindaSellsNY

I loved this recipe -- it was so simple. The only thing I added was the Old Bay Seasoning to give it a little bite.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 358 cal
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 24.4 g
  • 38%
  • Carbs
  • 25.4 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 9.1 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 72 mg
  • 24%
  • Sodium
  • 173 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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