Soft Shell Crabs

This is a short post today. I am busy with the ebay store. I am helping the Blog Tech and the wrapping duty has become my job. If you haven't stopped by yet, click on the BT's lonely, starving face on my sidebar and you can see some of my witch collection as well as some of my other collections. I am going to be bringing out boxes full of things I haven't seen in years so this is fun for me too. I have things I didn't remember having!

Anyhoo.....I made soft shell crabs for the birthday and thought I would show them to you. This is one of my favorite foods. Some of the pics are a bit blurry. Sorry in advance.

These are the fresh crabs. The fishmonger has already trimmed them and has taken out a lot of the mustard. The mustard is the yellow slimy stuff inside of each crab.

I heavily season some flour with salt, paper and some Old Bay Seasoning. I like a thin coating on them so I dip the crabs straight into the flour without dipping them in milk or eggs. You have to make sure to cover the crabs completely.

Uncooked soft shells are rather blue before they are cooked.

They turn bright red when they are ready.


This is what the mustard looks like. I squeeze most of it out.

I also dry them off a bit before coating them with flour.

I coat them and let them sit for a minute or so to let the flour stick to them.

I fry them in a bit of olive oil and some butter.

Caution! These thing can really spit!


You eat the entire crab, shell and all. They taste sweet, mildly crabby and wonderful!


Guillaume said…
Interesting. I would try that once at least. If you buy bigger crabs, you can have them in a coquille St-Jacques.
laurie said…
I know everyone raves about these but I just can't imagine eating the shell,, its not hard right,, is it kind of like a cracker texture,, they look yummy,, I'm going to check out the ebay now,,
I´ve never heard of soft shell crab before. I guess that means we don´t have them over here. But I love crab something most people up here doesn´t understand :-) :-)

Have a great day now!
Pricilla said…
The hubby loves them but we are just too far from a good source now.

Glad you are having so much fun
i can't beleive i have never had them...and i LOVE crab...

looks great...

gonna go check out your ebay stuff

kary and l'il teddy
Wizardess said…
Mmmmm...I like soft shells, but I LOVE hardshell blue crabs. I will sit & pick & eat them for hours.

It's going to be tough to convince regular readers that the Blog Tech is indeed starving. :)
I've only had them once and I loved them! My husband on the other hand . . . not so much! He couldn't get over looking at the crab as a whole! LOL!!!
That would be barely enough for me. I love soft shell crabs.
These crabs look delish! One day, I too, shall enjoy such a feast!

xoxo to Teddy Red Fluffs.
Lydia said…
Yum! I love soft shell crabs, and we now live in blue crab country! :-)