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 :)
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
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!