Soft Shell Crabs

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2013/05/25 16:44:52 (permalink)

Soft Shell Crabs

They're in season right now.  I don't know how long "the season" is...maybe someone can inform us.  I could eat them all day long they are so good.  They make excellent po boys as well as fried just by themselves.
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    Michael Hoffman
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2013/05/25 16:56:42 (permalink)
    I grew up eating fried soft shell crab sandwiches. I used to love them. Of course, along the Connecticut shore when you ate a soft shell crab sandwich you ate the whole crab -- eyes, guts and all -- between two slices of toast. That's how they sold them
     
    I was a wimp. I always turned my sandwich around so the eyes weren't staring at me when I took the first bite.
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    lleechef
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2013/05/25 17:09:51 (permalink)
    The "season" depends on the weather.  If it gets too hot, their shells turn hard.  Cool weather means a longer season.  When I was in Boston I have seen it go until the end of July or end in May.  But they are indeed delicious!  At the Black Cow I would dredge them in Cajun-seasoned flour and pan-fry them in clarified butter, topped with a spicy beurre blanc.  But they weren't cheap!  At the time I was paying $3.50 per crab.......they must be more now. 
    One Saturday night the kitchen was closing and we had only 2 crabs left.  I said, "Let's cook them for us and we'll each get a half."  We devoured those crabs and I think it was the last time I had them!  Maybe if MH takes me to Connecticut soon.......
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2013/05/25 17:28:34 (permalink)
    I just asked Chewy how long the Soft Shell crab are around in Maryland, I'm hoping they are still in season a few weeks from now. Michael, a Bar I use to hang around, the owner would walk in with live soft shell crab, toss them in flour and into the fryer. We had Soft shell crab sandwiches with tartar sauce with-in a 1/2 hour of him walking in with them. Same here never had a cleaned soft shell crab until I left Ct..............Bill
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2013/05/25 17:33:57 (permalink)
    Mother's in New Orleans makes a mean SS crab po-boy! 
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2013/05/25 18:27:16 (permalink)
    Spider Roll!
     
    Guess they're frozen and then fried.
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2013/05/25 21:18:15 (permalink)
    Nothing finer than soft shell crab season...been serving them in various places in the Chicago area for weeks...love them fixed all ways.
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2013/05/28 14:51:30 (permalink)
    Had a great soft shell crab po'boy with crawfish tails at Big Daddy's Grill in Fairhope, AL.

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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2013/05/28 15:33:43 (permalink)
    I have only had them once in Washington D. C. about 15 years ago.  I recall them being outstanding.
     
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2013/05/28 15:49:25 (permalink)
    Best I ever had was on a trip to NY from Dallas "hugging" the eastern coast line along the way. While in Ocean City Maryland, we spotted a little shack on the road that was a restaurant/seafood store.
    We pulled up, went in and ordered fresh soft shell crabs that were swimming not an hour before.
    They were dusted in seasoned flour and pan fried right before our eyes. I had 4 and the ex-Mrs. twinwillow ate 2. Fantastic! 
    Price? $3.00 each! I'll never forget it!
     
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2013/05/29 09:27:52 (permalink)
    I just love them. When I owned my fish market, lunch often was a few spft shell crabs sauteed in butter in the back room. I spotted soft shells on sale in an ad this morning (for next week) for $3.99 each. At Dave's Fresh Marketplace in Rhode Island. Dave's is my favorite market. I travel 50 miles round trip weekly for fresh seafood and other stuff.                          
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2014/05/20 08:25:08 (permalink)
    Crab dishes and cakes is an amazing food. Many people travel different locations to taste different types of seafood. Here in San Francisco, seafood and crab cakes are available at Scoma's with more freshness. I always to go there to have a bite of the amazing dungeness crabs cakes and hearty cioppino dishes.
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2014/05/20 10:04:24 (permalink)
    We were in Lewes, Delaware, over the weekend, and on the way out of town, we ate at one of those AYCE hard-shell places called The Surfing Crab. At first, we thought it wouldn't be good simply because the name was so goofy and it sounded so tourist-trappy! My dining partner doesn't do hard-shell nor soft-shell, so he ordered fish (Mahi-Mahi) and chips, and I ordered the soft-shell sandwich which was fabulous! I'll try to post a picture later on tonight. I have to have soft-shell at least once a season.
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2014/05/20 10:29:31 (permalink)
    These are some soft shells I cooked last year.  Dredged in Old Bay seasoned flour and cooked in butter and oil.  YUM!!!
     

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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2014/05/20 10:43:04 (permalink)
    Those look fantastic, Chris!
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2014/05/20 11:13:43 (permalink)
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    Beautiful!  I could eat all three right now!
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2014/05/20 12:08:41 (permalink)
    Fantastic!
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2014/05/20 15:13:08 (permalink)
    First meal I had on my honeymoon (lunch) 1987 was a soft shell crab sandwich at Sam & Omie's in Nags Head NC. http://www.samandomies.net/# My wife had never seen me eat a soft shell crab sandwich before and I still remember the look of horror on her face as I ate the sandwich with the legs dangling out of the sides... 
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2014/05/20 15:31:36 (permalink)
    My cooks were appalled when I bit into a ss crab......legs and all, of course......I did remove the eyes and purse and gills......until they tasted one! 
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    Re:Soft Shell Crabs 2014/05/20 15:48:37 (permalink)
    Davebassman

    First meal I had on my honeymoon (lunch) 1987 was a soft shell crab sandwich at Sam & Omie's in Nags Head NC. http://www.samandomies.net/# My wife had never seen me eat a soft shell crab sandwich before and I still remember the look of horror on her face as I ate the sandwich with the legs dangling out of the sides... 

    " />" />" /> How very primitive! The one time I ate seafood au natural at a restaurant, the damned nutcracker and pick were blunt and I made no progress whatsoever until I resorted to my fingernails and teeth. My mother was with me and most disapproving but a woman's got to do what a woman's got to do, after all. Make the most of the tools God gave me!
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