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Earl of Sandwich

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  • Joined: 12/21/2007
  • Location: hamilton, OH
Soft Shell Crabs Sat, 05/25/13 4:44 PM (permalink)
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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    • Joined: 7/1/2000
    • Location: Gahanna, OH
    Re:Soft Shell Crabs Sat, 05/25/13 4:56 PM (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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      • Joined: 3/22/2003
      • Location: Gahanna, OH
      Re:Soft Shell Crabs Sat, 05/25/13 5:09 PM (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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        pnwchef

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        • Location: Kennewick, WA
        Re:Soft Shell Crabs Sat, 05/25/13 5:28 PM (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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          lleechef

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          • Joined: 3/22/2003
          • Location: Gahanna, OH
          Re:Soft Shell Crabs Sat, 05/25/13 5:33 PM (permalink)
          Mother's in New Orleans makes a mean SS crab po-boy! 
           
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            mar52

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            • Joined: 4/17/2005
            • Location: Marina del Rey, CA
            Re:Soft Shell Crabs Sat, 05/25/13 6:27 PM (permalink)
            Spider Roll!
             
            Guess they're frozen and then fried.
             
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              myterry2

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              • Joined: 4/15/2007
              • Location: Lake Forest, IL
              Re:Soft Shell Crabs Sat, 05/25/13 9:18 PM (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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                EdSails

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                • Joined: 5/9/2003
                • Location: Mission Viejo, CA
                Re:Soft Shell Crabs Tue, 05/28/13 2:51 PM (permalink)
                Had a great soft shell crab po'boy with crawfish tails at Big Daddy's Grill in Fairhope, AL.

                 
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                  Sundancer7

                  Re:Soft Shell Crabs Tue, 05/28/13 3:33 PM (permalink)
                  I have only had them once in Washington D. C. about 15 years ago.  I recall them being outstanding.
                   
                  Paul E. Smith
                  Knoxville, TN
                   
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                    Twinwillow

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                    • Joined: 4/15/2006
                    • Location: "Big D"
                    Re:Soft Shell Crabs Tue, 05/28/13 3:49 PM (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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                      Phishmonger

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                      • Joined: 10/15/2003
                      • Location: Putnam, CT
                      Re:Soft Shell Crabs Wed, 05/29/13 9:27 AM (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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