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Tender Delight: Explore Exquisite Soft Crab Dishes

Tender Delight: Explore Exquisite Soft Crab Dishes

Dishes with soft shell crab are a specialty that many people who enjoy seafood love. Compared to conventional crab dishes, these delicious treats have a unique texture and flavor profile. There is a vast variety of tasty dishes, from soft shell crab sandwiches to crunchy tempura.

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Crispy, Soft Shell Crab Tempura 

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Dive into a crunchy delight with Soft Shell Crab Tempura, a succulent seafood treat bursting with flavor and texture.

Recipe:

  • Heat oil to medium-high.
  • Clean, soft shell crabs and remove gills.
  • Dip crabs in tempura batter.
  • Fry until golden brown, about 2-3 min.
  • Drain excess oil on paper towels.
  • Serve hot with dipping sauce.
  • Savor the crispy goodness of each bite.
  • Enjoy the unique experience of eating a soft shell crab.

Crispy Soft Shell Crab Sandwich 

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Crispy Soft Shell Crab Sandwich

Imagine a soft, pillowy bun stuffed with a crunchy shell crab and topped with ripe tomatoes, crisp lettuce, and a zesty sauce. This sandwich is ideal for a filling lunch or dinner because it is a harmonic combination of flavors and textures.

Dive into a crunchy delight with this pan-fried soft-shell crab sandwich. Quick, easy, and bursting with flavor!

Recipe:

  • Clean blue crabs, remove apron and gills.
  • Dredge crabs in seasoned flour (1 cup all-purpose flour + salt & pepper).
  • Pan-fry until golden brown and crispy.
  • Toast buns spread with mayo.
  • Layer with lettuce, tomato, and pickles.
  • Place crispy crab on top.
  • Add a squeeze of lemon.
  • Top with a bun and enjoy the crunch

Here is another recipe for the crab sandwich.

Crab Sushi 

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Crab Sushi

These sushi rolls are a distinctive take on the classic dish. Every bite is bursting with umami richness from the seaweed and rice coating the soft meat of the crab.

Dive into an oceanic symphony of flavors with our Soft Shell Crab Sushi. Succulent shelled blue crabs meet the delicate art of sushi.

Recipe:

  • Begin by cleaning shelled blue crabs and removing gills & eyes with kitchen shears.
  • Heat oil in a pan until shimmering.
  • Lightly coat crabs in tempura batter.
  • Fry until golden brown, then drain on paper towels.
  • Slice crab into strips placing atop seasoned sushi rice.
  • Roll tightly, cut into pieces, and serve.
  • Enjoy the exquisite crunch of soft-shell crab sushi, a culinary masterpiece!
Garlic Butter Soft Shell Crab: 

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Garlic Butter Soft Shell Crab:

Ingredients:

  • 4 soft shell crabs, cleaned
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Instructions:

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Season the crabs with salt and pepper, then add them to the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until they turn golden brown and crispy.
  • Sprinkle chopped parsley over the crabs before serving. Serve hot with lemon wedges.

Soft Shell Crab Salad with Citrus Dressing

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Soft Shell Crab Salad with Citrus Dressing:

Ingredients: 

  • 4 soft shell crabs, cleaned
  • Mixed salad greens
  • 1 orange, segmented
  • 1 grapefruit, segmented
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: 

  • Season the soft-shell crabs with salt and pepper. Grill or pan-sear them until cooked, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Combine mixed greens, orange, grapefruit, and avocado slices in a large salad bowl.
  • Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl to make the dressing.
  • Place the cooked soft shell crabs on top of the salad and drizzle with the citrus dressing. Serve immediately.
Tacos with Mango Salsa

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Tacos with Mango Salsa:

Ingredients:

4 soft shell crabs, cleaned

8 small corn tortillas

1 mango, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

1 jalapeño, seeded and minced

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Juice of 1 lime

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Grill or pan-sear the soft shell crabs until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine diced mango, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper to make the salsa.
  • Warm the corn tortillas in a skillet or microwave.
  • Place a soft shell crab on each tortilla and top with mango salsa. Serve immediately, garnished with extra cilantro and lime wedges.
Crispy Soft Shell Crab with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

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Crispy Soft Shell Crab with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce:

Ingredients:

4 soft shell crabs, cleaned

1 cup cornstarch

Salt and pepper to taste

Vegetable oil for frying

1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Lime wedges for serving

Instructions: 

Season cornstarch with salt and pepper. Dredge each crab in the cornstarch until coated evenly.

Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 375°F (190°C). Fry the crabs until golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side.

Remove the crabs from the oil and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.

Serve the crispy soft shell crabs drizzled with Thai sweet chili sauce and sprinkled with chopped cilantro. Garnish with lime wedges on the side.

Crab Benedict

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Crab Benedict:

Ingredients:

  • 4 soft shell crabs, cleaned
  • 4 English muffins, split and toasted
  • 8 slices Canadian bacon or ham
  • 4 large eggs
  • Hollandaise sauce
  • Chopped chives for garnish

 

Instructions:

  • Grill or pan-sear the soft shell crabs until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • While the crabs are cooking, poach the eggs in simmering water until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Assemble the Benedict by placing two slices of Canadian bacon or ham on each half of the toasted English muffin, followed by a soft shell crab.
  • Carefully place a poached egg on top of each crab and spoon hollandaise sauce generously over the eggs.
  • Garnish with chopped chives and serve immediately, accompanied by a side of mixed greens or roasted potatoes.

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  • Carroll

    As an author and culinary educator, I'm dedicated to sharing their passion for seafood with others, empowering home cooks and aspiring chefs to explore the wonders of the ocean from their own kitchens. Through their books, cooking classes, and online tutorials, they offer a wealth of knowledge, inspiration, and practical tips to help others unlock the full potential of seafood in their cooking.

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Written by Carroll

As an author and culinary educator, I'm dedicated to sharing their passion for seafood with others, empowering home cooks and aspiring chefs to explore the wonders of the ocean from their own kitchens. Through their books, cooking classes, and online tutorials, they offer a wealth of knowledge, inspiration, and practical tips to help others unlock the full potential of seafood in their cooking.

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