These crabs are fried to a light crisp, and you can eat the whole crab. It is my favorite food.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Clean each crab. Lift one pointed side of top shell and remove the gills by pulling them out. Put top shell back down and repeat on other side. On the bottom side remove tail flap by twisting and pulling off. Using a pair of scissors, remove the face by cutting behind the eyes. Rinse the crabs thoroughly with cold water. Dry on paper towels.

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  • Heat oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees F (180 degrees F). In a shallow dish, whisk together the egg and milk using a fork. In a separate bowl, stir salt and pepper into the flour. Lightly salt the crab, then dip in the flour, dip in the egg, then in the flour again.

  • Carefully place crabs into the deep-fryer. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown on one side. Carefully turn over, and cook until golden on the other side. Drain on paper towels. Serve as soon as they are cool enough to eat. You can eat the whole crab.

Nutrition Facts

358 calories; protein 9.1g; carbohydrates 25.4g; fat 24.4g; cholesterol 65.2mg; sodium 76mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2007
Well I have to admit I did not use the egg or milk, just used seasoned flour and pan fried to a golden brown. I was afraid that the egg and milk would create to thick of a crust, and that would take away from the wonderful crab taste. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2009
We didn't like this a whole lot and we love crab. Read More
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41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2007
Well I have to admit I did not use the egg or milk, just used seasoned flour and pan fried to a golden brown. I was afraid that the egg and milk would create to thick of a crust, and that would take away from the wonderful crab taste. Read More
(136)
Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2004
I'm the queen of soft shell crabs and look forward to eating them every summer. So far, I've eaten about ten! I normally just dredge my crabs in seasoned flour and fry. This was a nice change and I really enjoyed these little critters. For added flavor I did season the flour with garlic and onion powders and a bit of cayenne. If you've never eaten one, give this a shot and please note that any good fish market will happily clean the crabs for you. Thanks WesBryant and happy eating! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2008
I loved this recipe -- it was so simple. The only thing I added was the Old Bay Seasoning to give it a little bite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2007
This was something completely new for DH and me! We live just a couple of miles from Puget Sound and have eaten more than our share of fresh Dungeness... but fresh soft shelled crab is not something that we can seem to find out here. BUT, I found some frozen ones and decided to take a chance! Well, I'm glad I did because they are AWESOME! I thawed them slowly in the fridge and then unwrapped them (they were IQF, luckily!) and put them on a clean, dry kitchen towel, folded over on top of them so that they were covered top and bottom, for an hour to soak up some of the moisture (they were VERY wet when thawed). I then put them in the fridge, towel and all, until dinner time a couple of hours later. I used the egg-milk blend and put a little Old Bay into the flour. I fried them in fresh canola oil. I made two each for DH and me... (with homemade tartar sauce) as well as a small piece of strip (NY) steak and some french fries. A truly delicious meal! It's been a couple of days and DH is still commenting on how juicy and crispy those crab were! Thanks for the recipe, Wes! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2008
OMG! This was the best recipe. Followed to a tee. Before, I only used flour, salt and pepper for a light coating. When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. Old recipe gone ~ new recipe in! Thank you so much for sharing. Real KEEPER! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2007
These were GREAT! Be careful though--I defrosted mine in water because I was in a hurry--some of the legs and claws fell off as I was battering. Next time I will make enough time to defrost slowly. I added Old Bay as well as others had. Eat immediately after preparing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2006
This was a very simple recipe to which I made a few changes. My son & I enjoyed the soft shelled crab, wishing I had bought more to prepare. I added salt, garlic powder, and oregano to flour mixture. Used 2 Tbspn of oil to fry 2 soft-shell crabs. Didn't use milk, only beaten egg before dipping into flour mixture. Will definitely use this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2006
SO easy and SO yummy! LOVE this recipe! I now have the confidence to make this again and again! Thank you!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2007
I made these last night as it was the first time I was able to get soft-shells at my fish monger's. Just great served on toasted rolls with lettuce and tomato with just a touch of mayo! I seasoned the flour with salt and pepper and a bit of Old Bay seasoning. Yum... Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2009
We didn't like this a whole lot and we love crab. Read More
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