Soft shell crab season only lasts for a few months out of the year. Some years I miss it completely, but this year I was lucky enough to have it twice! Once, prepared at Hugo’s Frog Bar, one of my favorite restaurants in the city; and the second time I made it myself at home, with a little help from Whole Foods.
Soft shell crabs are surprisingly easy to prepare and really require only five ingredients!! You may not have a chance to prepare them this year, but keep this recipe in mind for the future!
- 1 and ½ cups of flour
- 2-3 tablespoons of Old Bay seasoning
- 4 soft shell crabs
- ½ stick of butter
- 1 egg
- Your soft shell crabs should already be pre-cleaned from wherever you bought them, if you’re unsure, just ask at the fish counter and they’ll do it for you for free!
- Whisk the egg until whites and yolk are combined
- Combine the flour and Old Bay seasoning
- Dry off the crabs and lightly coat them in the flour and Old Bay mixture
- Dip the coated crabs in the egg and then back into the flour
- Set the crabs aside
- Melt the butter in a pan over low to medium heat
- When the butter is melted and you can smell it browning, throw in the crabs
- Cook each crab 2-3 minutes per side, and you’re done
- I usually serve them with a side of corn on the cob or some rice