soft shell crabs, that luscious delicacy, that pricey rare summer find…they’re back! and i wanted to have my mom sample their sweet and delicate flavor while she’s here visiting. did i say pricey? my mom got the goose bumps when i told her they were $3 a piece, but when i further explained that at a restaurant they’d be four or even 5 times more, and after she’d tasted them deep fried with panko bread crumbs…she finally concurred that they were worth buying.
first off you have to find some. i get mine from a grocery nearby, and the fishmonger usually offers to clean them for me but i demur and do it myself. it’s just a matter of cutting off the the triangular piece of the underbelly, and the rubbery pieces underneath. give them a good rinse then pat dry with paper towels, then dip them in salt-&-pepper seasoned all purpose flour, then straight into a bowl of beaten eggs, then into a shallow bowl of panko bread crumbs.
for this version i then put the breaded crabs in to a rack set over a plate and into the refrigerator to set and get cold, for about 3 hours.
then into a preheated deep fryer they went for a quick dip in very hot oil.
they turned out really scrumptious, crunchy and really fun to eat. we didn’t need any dipping sauce, just a squeeze of lemon, but if you insist you could serve them with a garlic aioli type of sauce.
dear readers, if you have an alternative way of cooking and eating soft shell crabs, i’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a soft shell crab today…..(hehehe just quoting Wimpy from Popeye)