Our Favorite Soft-Shell Crab Recipes
Celebrate soft-shell crab season with a few of our favorite recipes.
From May through July, seafood enthusiasts can feast on beloved soft-shell crab. During this time of year, blue-shell crabs 'molt' their hard exterior and become soft enough for eating whole. With a naturally rich flavor, soft-shell crab shines in both simple or decadent recipes. Below are five of our favorites:
Sandwiched between tender French bread, this soft-shell crab sandwich just sings of summer. Packed with flavor thanks to a dash of Old Bay seasoning and tangy lemon-tartar sauce, it's sure to become a family favorite.
Rich spiced rum and tangy pineapple juice create the ultimate soft-shell crab marinade. Pair with a flavorful salad to round out the plate. Peppery watercress is tamed by the sweet-tart sauce and the creamy avocado.
The technique of sautéeing the soft-shell crabs first lends to a tender inside with a crunchy coconut topping thanks to broiling afterwards. Serve over jasmine rice with mango chutney on the side.
Here is the ultimate basic recipe for cooking soft-shell crabs. With just five ingredients, it's hard to find a simpler way to eat this delicious seafood. If you're looking for something a bit more complex, you can always vary it by adding cayenne pepper, garlic powder, or other seasonings to the flour.
This is a great first recipe for those timid about cooking soft-shell crabs. Simply sprinkle the crabs with Cajun seasoning, dredge in breadcrumbs, and cook in a skillet for about 6 minutes. Serve on Italian bread and top with a creamy bell pepper-mayonnaise sauce.