Mouth watering soft shell crab recipes sure to please your family or guests.
Flavored as you prefer with butter, lemon, garlic, pepper or onions. Grill, sautee or broil for succulent flavor.
Martha's Vineyard has tremendous seafood and we've listed some soft shell crab recipes here for you to enjoy.
Set one pan aside. Pour off butter from other pan and remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients, including 2 tablespoons butter and pepper to one of the warm pans. Cook sauce until ingredients are mixed, swirling pan to melt butter. Arrange two crabs on each of four plates. Spoon about 1 tablepoon of sauce over each plate and serve immediately. Serves 4.
Fried Soft Shell Crabs
=== BEER BATTER ===
1 c All purpose flour - (scant);
- plus extra
12 oz Beer; reserving 4 oz
to thin batter if necessary
=== SAUCE ===
3 tb Fresh lime juice
3 tb Thai fish sauce (nam plo)
(available at speciality or
1 tb Honey
3 tb Water
2 Garlic cloves; minced
1 Scallion; thinly sliced
2 sl Habenero, Scotch bonnet, or
chile, (very thin slices);
-see * Note
=== CRABS ===
4 md Soft-shell crabs; cleaned,
Milk; for soaking crabs
Salt; to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper;
- to taste
Peanut oil; for frying
=== GARNISH ===
* Note: Select chile type depending on desired degree of heat wanted.
Put the flour into a bowl and make a well in the center. Pour 1 cup of
thebeer into the well and whisk until the mixture is just combined. Strain
the batter through a sieve into a clean bowl and let it rest, covered, for
1 hour. Before using batter, whisk in additional beer, if necessary, to
achieve desired consistency.
In a small bowl whisk together the lime juice, fish sauce and honey
until dissolved. Add the water, garlic, scallion and chili slices. Set
aside. Clean the soft-shell crabs by first cutting away the eyes and
mouth. Lift up the top side flaps and pull out the feathery gills. Turn
the crab over and fold back the tail flap, also called the apron, and pull
away from the body and discard. Place crabs in a shallow dish and add
enough milk to cover. Soak crabs for 10 to 15 minutes.
In a heavy deep pan heat 2 inches of peanut oil to 350
degrees. Season thecrabs with salt and pepper. Dust the crabs with flour,
shaking off any excess. Coat and fry crabs two at a time. Dip each crab
into the beer batterand allow extra batter to drip back into bowl.
Carefully lower the crabs into the heated oil and fry until golden brown,
turning once, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer fried crabs to paper
towels to drain. Repeat processwith remaining two crabs.
Arrange crabs on individual serving plates.
Garnish with scallion brushes,cilantro sprigs and lime wedges. Serve
immediately with dipping sauce on the side.
This recipe yields 4 servings.
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Or, if you'd like a slightly more traditional sit-down restaurant, the Seafood Shanty in Edgartown has great fresh seafood meals and is right on the harbor...with fabulous views. Enjoy the crab here and save your soft shell crab recipes for another day
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