Recipes for Soft Shell Crabs

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Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches

Ingredients Preparation
  • Produce
    Bibb lettuce, leaves (4)
    Lemon tartar sauce (1/4 cup)
    Plum tomato (1 12 (1/4-inch-thick) slices)
  • Seafood
    Soft-shell crabs, jumbo (4)
  • Cooking & Baking
    All-purpose flour (3 tablespoons)
    Old bay seasoning (1 teaspoon)
  • Bread & Baked Goods
    French bread (8 (1-ounce) slices) )
  • Dairy
    Butter (1 tablespoon)

    1 Rinse crabs; pat dry with paper towels.


    2 Combine flour and Old Bay seasoning in a shallow dish. Dredge each crab in flour mixture.


    3 Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until butter begins to brown. Add crabs; cook for 3 minutes, gently pressing body and legs against pan. Turn crabs; cook 3 minutes or until brown and cooked through. Drain on paper towels.


    4 Spread 1 tablespoon Lemon Tartar Sauce over each of 4 bread slices. Top each with 1 crab, 3 tomato slices, and 1 lettuce leaf. Top each with 1 bread slice.


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Sauteed Soft-shell Crabs with Garlic and Butter

Ingredients Preparation
  • Produce
    Chive blades (1 Few)
    Garlic (3)
  • Seafood
    Soft-shell crabs (3)
  • Cooking & Baking
    Flour (1 cup) Olive oil, extra-virgin
    (2 tablespoon)
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper (1)
  • Condiments
    Capers (2 tablespoons)
  • Dairy
    Butter (1 tablespoon)
  • Beer, Wine & Liquor
    White wine (1/2 cup)
  • Other
    Essence, for garnish, recipe follows

    Season crabs with salt and pepper and dredge in the flour, shaking off excess. Set aside.


    In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the oil and saute the crabs until soft, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove the crabs and set aside. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Then add the capers and white wine. Cook until wine has reduced to about 1/2. Swirl in the butter and the chopped chives. Season with salt and pepper.


    Transfer crabs to a plate, spoon sauce over the crabs and garnish with Essence.


    Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

    2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

    2 tablespoons salt

    2 tablespoons garlic powder

    1 tablespoon black pepper

    1 tablespoon onion powder

    1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

    1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano

    1 tablespoon dried thyme


    Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.


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