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Soft-Shell crabs - from the first full moon in May til Sept

Frederick, MD(Zone 6a)

We love them! And boy howdy are they expensive!! We are lucky that our Son and DDIL have a place down at the shore. They keep their pots out during the week and don't like the softies so they bring them to us :)

How do you all do them?

We are very simple here. One of two ways - either we bread them very lightly in cake flour with seasoning and pan fry them, or if I'm feeling adventurous which I was last weekend, we soak them overnight in buttermilk and then deep fry them quickly in peanut oil.

I use a batter of rice flour mixed with Old Bay seasoning and club soda. It's a very light fluffy batter and they are superb :)

Take these and then put in a nice BLT sandwich and enjoy :)

Plano, TX

oh dea--i do wish i had your good luck with a son bringing me soft shell crabs!! my son does bring me fish sometimes but just don't get soft shell crabs here in texas!!
and the club soda is something i never heard of mixing with old bay seasoning--interesting

Frederick, MD(Zone 6a)

plus the rice flour - you should try it sometime for as a tempura batter - light and yummy. You can add any spice you like, but rice flour and club soda really "works" for a 'lighter' fry :)

Plano, TX

i have never used rice flour --never really even heard of it--

Southern NJ, United States(Zone 7a)

C'mon, Dea, let's have proportions or amounts here for the uninitiated! We sometimes get softshells in the crab traps we put out off our dock, but we have to freeze them until we have enough for a meal. A local crabber sometimes brings me a few, too. In the past I've used a beer batter, but your recipe sounds lighter and easier. We adore them!

Frederick, MD(Zone 6a)

I'm such an "eyeball it" cook unless it's baking ;)

I would guess 1.5 cups of rice flour. The spices, in this case Old Bay, probably 3 Tablespoons. Then you just pour in club soda a little at a time to get the consistency right for coating.

I know that's not much help, but I've never measured - lol :)

Frederick, MD(Zone 6a)

oh....try this on shrimp some time - delish :)

Southern NJ, United States(Zone 7a)

Dea, that's a big help. When you're trying out a recipe that you've never actually tasted or seen, it's hard without some idea of how it goes together. Thanks!

Plano, TX

you all are making me very jealous!! but i am cooking my italian gravy now and that will have to satisfy me i guess!!

Frederick, MD(Zone 6a)

I wish the puter would allow scratch and sniff :) Hope you take a pic of the finished product !

Plano, TX

cute idea--scratch and sniff computer--

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