How to Clean & Cook Soft Shell Crabs
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“How to Clean & Cook Soft Shell Crabs”

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Servings: 4 -6 servings


  • 12 soft shell crabs
  • Kitchen shears
  • 1/2 cup grape seed oil or other frying oil
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  • With the kitchen shears, cut the face side of the crab from the body.
  • Turn the crab over so the white side is facing up and pull up the pointed "lever" that reveals a flap and cut off the flap.
  • Turn the crab over again so the blue shell is facing up, and lift both pointy sides of the shell to reveal the lungs. Remove them.
  • Rinse the crab, pressing out the green "tamale" from the inside if you desire. Pat them dry and set them on a tray.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil. Combine the salt and flour in a shallow wide bowl and coat the crab lightly on both sides.
  • Drop the crabs in the oil and let it sizzle and cook for 4 minutes on each side, until the shell turns red and crisp and the flour has turned golden brown.
  • Remove to a plate covered in paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Serve with lemon wedges!