Soft Shell Crab
Softshells come in 5 sizes, Whales, Jumbos, Prime, Hotel Primes and Mediums. Bigger crabs start the season and cost more. We sell mostly Primes as our favorite size from May through late September. Figure 2 per person as a main course for this size.
Crabs need to be cleaned. We can do this for you or show you how. It's best to clean crabs and use them the same day. If crabs are cleaned the day before they tend to loss a lot of their juices and aren't as succulent.
My favorite soft shells are pan sauteed and crispy. Crispy panko crabs make the best spider rolls and work great in a po' boy sandwich. Personally, I like avocado and our spicy mayo with my spider rolls and po' boys.
Soft shells can also be grilled with a little care. Simply brush with canola oil and grill over a hot fire. Take care that the claws and legs don't hang down below the grate as they will burn. Cook about 4 to 5 minutes per side.
8 soft shell crabs, cleaned
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups panko bread crumbs
Place flour, salt and pepper in a bowl or plastic bag, dust each crab separately. If you want to pan saute with the bare minimum coating, this is as far as you need to go. If you like them extra crispy, then dip the dusted crab in the beaten egg to coat and then dredge through panko crumbs. Let the crab rest for a couple of minutes to let the breading set.
You can also kick up your crab flavor with Old Bay seasoning or blackening spice. Just add it to the flour mix.
I like canola oil, it cooks hot and clean. get a couple of tablespoons hot in the pan. Pan saute crabs on medium high in canola oil for 4 to 5 minutes per side.