Fried Soft-Shell Crab

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"When the crab sheds its shell, it is soft and easy to eat, provided a couple things are prepped. Should you not wish to prep it yourself, your fishmonger can do this for you or also, many times they are already prepped at the fish counter, ready to go. It might seem weird when you think about what you are eating if you haven't had this before, but really, it just tastes like crab. So don't be afraid. Go for it! It is quite a treat."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (289.6 g)
  • Calories 412.7
  • Total Fat - 6.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 215.3 mg
  • Sodium - 1807.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 51.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.3 g
  • Sugars - 2 g
  • Protein - 34 g
  • Calcium - 226.3 mg
  • Iron - 4.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 5.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step 1

Prep crab if needed by snipping off the eyes, straight across, in the eyebrow area with kitchen shears. Then pull off the apron, which has the shape of an ice scraper you might use on your car windows in winter. Then pry up the sides and remove the gills. If you don't know what these look like, just google a pic. I would have taken pics for you but mine already came prepared.

Step 2

Stir all the ingredients for the batter together then dip the whole crab into the batter, then lift and gently shake off excess.

Step 3

Fry in hot oil several minutes on each side, until they are golden. Then drain on paper toweling or a clean paper bag.

Step 4

Serve with cocktail sauce, remoulade sauce, by themselves or on a sandwich (as a Po' Boy, with lettuce, tomato and mayo or remoulade).

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



These take time to prepare but totally worth every minute you spend. The flavors really hit the tastebuds! I made po boys and they were FABULOUS!

(12 Dec 2018)