What? You have never tried them? Then you must! Soft Shell Crabs are crabs who have recently molted (shed their old hard shell) and have been pulled out of the water before their shell re-hardens. Guess what? Almost the entire crab is edible. Well, except for certain parts (have your fishmonger clean for you). But the shell, the nice soft shell, can be enjoyed! Follow my recipe for Cajun Soft Shell Crabs to enjoy these beauties from the sea. They are great pan fried, in a Po Boy, or as a sushi-roll (known in most restaurants as a Spider Roll).
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Go grab a few soft shell crabs. It’s ok if they are out of season and you have to buy frozen. They are just as good. I promise! If you are local to Charlotte, The Carolina Meat & Fish Co. usually has them in stock frozen! Check for in-season availability. Have questions about freezing crab? Click here!
HOW TO PREPARE CAJUN SOFT SHELL CRABS
Rinse the crabs and place on paper towels to drain. Something to keep in mind while frying these crabs, oil and water do not mix. So, as much water as you can drain off, the better. The crabs will “pop” while frying. Be very, very careful!
Heat the butter in a cast iron pan to medium/medium-high. Seriously, if you do not yet own a cast iron pan, you need one. This 12″ cast iron pan is the perfect start, or addition, to your collection. Click here! On a plate or in a bowl (I use a plate), combine the flour and cornmeal. I prefer using the white cornmeal for this recipe. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Mix in the Cajun seasoning.
Coat each of the crabs, on both sides, with the flour mixture. The crabs will still have enough moistness to allow the flour mixture to adhere. Place in pan and allow to fully cook and sear on both sides. This will only takes a few minutes. Fry in batches.
I got lucky enough and did not have to create a sauce. Kitchen Crafted’s Creole Kicker was the perfect dipping sauce. It contains a hint of mustard and cream. Goodness all around. ENJOY these amazing Cajun Soft Shell Crabs.
I am in love with all varieties of crab! If you love crab as much as I do, check out these amazing recipes:
- CRAB STUFFED SALMON
- CRAB STUFFED SHRIMP
- KING CRAB FEAST
- CRAB ALFREDO PASTA
- CORN AND CRAB CHOWDER
- CRAB RAVIOLI
- CRAB CAKES WITH CORN SALSA
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