You can also make a lemon-caper-butter-white wine sauce directly in the pan you cooked the crabs in. Cook crabs … Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown on one side. Soft-shell crabs are soft because they have just shed their shells; since they are only in season for a short time, it is a special experience to eat the entire crab, instead of picking the meat out of the shell. You can take your fried crabs, squeeze over some lemon and a dash of Old Bay and call it a day. These crabs are fried to a light crisp, and you can eat the whole crab. Followed to a tee. The oil should bubble and sizzle when the legs touch the oil. I added salt, garlic powder, and oregano to flour mixture. In a large saucepan, heat 2 inches of oil until 375°. Fried Soft Shell Crabs are flavorful and fried to a golden brown crispy perfection. Lift top of shell and remove the spongy fingers. LOVE this recipe! When the butter begins to foam and turn brown, add the crabs, shell side down. And, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous try my Fried Soft Shell Crabs With Crawfish Sauce. Yum... We didn't like this a whole lot and we love crab. Soft-shell crabs can have the soft organs along the dorsal cavity removed during cleaning, or they can be left in for consumption. Carefully place crabs into the deep-fryer. Lightly salt the crab, then dip in the flour, dip in the egg, then in the flour again. Additionally, these recipes are perfect to serve anytime of the year especially during Mardi Gras and Lenten season. Dredge 2 crabs at a time in the flour mixture and place into the hot oil. Thank you!:). You should check out my Shrimp recipes. Best of luck, Kim. Dry the crabs with paper towel and toss with the egg whites until thoroughly coated. Carefully place crabs into the deep-fryer. It’s really easy to cook soft shell crab. Season flour with salt and pepper and mix in baking powder. So far, I've eaten about ten! I find certain seasonings and batters cause me awful migraines, especially premade fish fry with lots of cayenne pepper. I made these last night as it was the first time I was able to get soft-shells at my fish monger's. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. Then place the crabs on a wire rack until you’re ready to plate and eat them. In a separate bowl, stir salt and pepper into the flour. I vividly remember eating my first one…at a stunning brunch restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans called Stanley. Will definitely use this recipe again. I then put them in the fridge, towel and all, until dinner time a couple of hours later. This was a nice change and I really enjoyed these little critters. This was something completely new for DH and me! In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the oil and saute the crabs until soft, about 2 minutes … Whisk together milk, egg, and 1/4 cup … Cooking Method: Clean the soft shell with pipe water, clean the gills, cut the mouth and take out the abdomen. If you have ever purchased Fried Soft Shell Crabs while dining out at a restaurant you know, they can be a bit pricey. Rinse the crabs thoroughly with cold water. Fourth, heat oil in a deep fryer like this deep fryer  until it reaches 350 degrees. Carefully remove and place crabs on a wire rack or cookie sheet lined with paper towels. Coat the crabs in the flour mixture, dip the crabs in the milk bath, then back into the flour mixture again. Have hot fat about 1/2" deep and cook until golden brown. Kim, Thanks for sharing I would of never thought to make soft shell crab at home, I will make this at home now, Hi Candace! One day 25.4g ; fat 24.4g ; cholesterol 65.2mg ; sodium 76mg crab legs first into oil. 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