|Pan Sautéed Soft Shell Crabs
4 soft shell crabs
Select plum heavy live crabs. Feel the top
of the shell with your fingers. It should feel
very soft and moist. If it feels tough it will
be tough to eat when it’s cooked. Crabs
only have a short time when they are soft
and then their new soft shell will begin to
harden into the protective shell.
You can ask the fish monger to clean the
crab once you select it or you can clean it
yourself. If you clean them you must cut
straight across the eyes then lift up each
side flap of the crab and remove the “dead
man” as we called it-it’s really the gills or
filter system of the crab. Next turn the crab
over and there is a flap on the underside-
pull it up and cut it off-you don’t want to
know what that is-now rinse the crab in
cold water and it’s ready to cook. Having
said all that it’s better to have the fish
monger do the dirty work.
On to cooking these bad boys!!
You will need a sauté pan with a lid or a
splatter guard for protection. These crabs
will splatter hot juices when they sauté so
Now put plane white flour in a dish with
some salt, black pepper and a little
cayenne. Mix it well. Dredge the crab in the
flour mixture and tap off the excess. Put
some butter in the sauté pan and melt it
but don’t let it burn. When it’s hot place
the crabs in the butter shell side down first
and sauté until the shell turn red then turn
over and cook on the other side. Drain on
some paper towels.
My father likes to make a sandwich of
white bread, mayo and then the crab on
top. To him it’s the best. I told you it was a
simple dish, very plane and not a culinary
mystery. If you truly like soft shell crabs
this is the only way to eat them-you taste
only the crab-the sweet succulent crab.
I hope you all enjoy your day with your
father in person, long distance or in your
Live Long, Love Often and Eat Well-
|and as always,......remember you can do it!
Just read the recipe twice and go slow.
|So until the next time we meet and discuss the finer things in life and
love- be well.
Live Long, Love Often,
Be Happy and Eat Well
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