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Soft Shell Crab Sandwich

Soft Shell Crab Sandwich

Guess what this time of year brings us? If you guessed 🦀 Soft Shell Crabs 🦀 then you are right!

 

This is the time of year when you can get fresh soft shell crabs at your local seafood store. I found some at Franco’s Pescheria a week ago and made Soft Shell Crab Sandwiches for Mother’s Day – – which is also my husband’s birthday by the way. 😳

And if you LOVE crabs then you’ll LOVE this recipe. The recipe below is so easy to make and it was sooooo delicious! Everyone LOVED it! And the BEST part of this day…….spending time with my kids ❤️ and hearing their testimonials!  👉 👉

 

My daughter said, people usually go out to eat for Mother’s Day but lucky for us, we have a Mom who can cook gourmet food! ❤️

My son, made me a card for Mother’s Day and wrote “Your food is exquisite, and I’m so thankful I have parents that can cook!” ❤️

Isn’t. That. The. BEST. Gift. EVER?!?!?

 

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Here is the recipe for Soft Shell Crab Sandwich

  • 4 soft shell crabs (cleaned) 
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon Herbes de Provence seasoned salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • 4 Brioche buns (lightly buttered and toasted; put it in the oven to toast with flat side of the bread up)
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • Green Leaf Lettuce
  • Lemon
  • Mayonnaise, Mustard and/or Tartar Sauce

 

How to Prepare Soft Shell Crabs 🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀

  1. Gently clean, rinse then dry the soft shell crabs with a paper towel and set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, cornmeal, Old Bay seasoning, seasoned salt, and pepper. 
  3. In a separate bowl, pour the milk and season it with a dash or two of Old Bay seasoning.
  4. Do the three-step dredging say that ten times fast 🤪 (dry, wet, dry) for the crabs. First using your right-hand, thoroughly coat the crab on all sides with the flour mixture. Using your left-hand, dip the crab in the milk mixture. Last, using your right-hand again, dip the crab one more time in the flour mixture. Shake off any excess flour. Repeat this process for all remaining crabs. Set the crabs on a plate then refrigerate for 20 minutes before the next steps – – COOKING!

 

Soft shell crabs breading ingredients

 

 

How to Cook Soft Shell Crabs 🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀

  1. On a medium-high heat, add olive oil to cover the bottom of the frying pan.  Fry the crabs one at a time for 2 but no more than 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb the oil.

That is IT! Were you expecting more?! 😬

 

How to Prepare Soft Shell Crab Sandwiches 🦀 🦀 🦀 🦀

For the buns, I like mine slightly toasted. It adds an extra crunch to the sandwich and keeps the buns from getting soggy from the condiments. So here’s what I do to my buns…. 🙄

  1. Butter the flat-side of the brioche buns then bake them in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes just to brown them slightly. Option to also lightly toast the flat-side of the buns on a warm skillet. Your choice!
  2. Spread the buns with mayonnaise, mustard, and/or tartar sauce. Add the crab then top with lettuce and tomato.
  3. Optional: For added flavoring, squeeze a lemon and/or a dash of Old Bay Seasoning on top of the soft-shell crab.

ENJOY!

 

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Soft shell crab sandwich served in a brioche bun with lettuce and tomato

Breaded Soft Shell Crab Sandwich


  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Sandwiches 1x

Description

You don’t have to live in Maryland to enjoy soft-shell crabs. I found some here at my local seafood store and they were already cleaned. Soft Shell Crab Sandwiches are to die for! You get the savory, crispy and juicy goodness all packed in a sandwich! Go and make it! I dare yah!


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Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • 4 soft shell crabs (cleaned)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon Herbes de Provence seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 4 Brioche buns (lightly buttered and toasted)
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 4 Green Leaf Lettuce
  • Lemon
  • Mayonnaise, Mustard and/or Tartar Sauce

Instructions

For Soft Shell Crabs

  1. Gently clean, rinse then dry the soft shell crabs with a paper towel and set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, cornmeal, Old Bay seasoning, seasoned salt, and pepper.
  3. In a separate bowl, pour the milk and season it with a dash or two of Old Bay seasoning.
  4. Do the three-step dredging (dry, wet, dry) for the crabs. First using your right-hand, thoroughly coat the crab on all sides with the flour mixture. Using your left-hand, dip the crab in the milk mixture. Last, using your right-hand again, dip the crab one more time in the flour mixture. Shake off any excess flour. Repeat this process for all remaining crabs. Set the crabs on a plate then refrigerate for 20 minutes before the next steps..
  5. On a medium-high heat, add olive oil to cover the bottom of the frying pan.  Fry the crabs two at a time for 2 but no more than 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb the oil.

For the Soft Shell Crab Sandwiches

For the buns, I like mine slightly toasted. It adds an extra crunch to the sandwich and keeps the buns from getting soggy from the condiments. So here’s what I do to my buns…. 🙄

  1. Butter the flat-side of the buns then bake them in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes just to brown them slightly. Option to also lightly toast the flat-side of the buns on a warm skillet. Your choice!
  2. Spread the buns with mayonnaise, mustard, and/or tartar sauce. Add the crab then top with lettuce and tomato.
  3. Optional: For added flavoring, squeeze a lemon and/or a dash of Old Bay Seasoning on top of the crab.


Notes

  • If you’re on the squeamish side, get the soft-shell crabs already cleaned.
  • Here’s a link for how to clean soft-shell crabs -> https://youtu.be/fgvNmU0LKaM
  • Soft shell crabs can be frozen and use at a later date.
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