Our highest quality Soft Shell Crabs are fully cleaned and ready to cook. Processed just after dropping their hard shell, this crab is an epicurean delight.

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Our highest quality Soft Shell Crabs are fully cleaned and ready to cook. Processed just after dropping their hard shell, this crab is an epicurean delight.

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Our highest quality Soft Shell Crabs are fully cleaned and ready to cook. Processed just after dropping their hard shell, this crab is an epicurean delight.

Item #: 776     1 DOZEN CT.    

Price: $44.99
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Preparation Time:
15 Minutes

Cooking Method(s):
CONVENTIONAL OVENSTOVE TOP

Ingredients:  Soft shell crab

Preparation Instructions:  Keep frozen until ready to prepare.  Defrost under refrigeration for 24 hours or under cool water until thawed.

Pan Sauté:  Dry soft shells of excess moisture before preparing. In preheated sauté pan, add 1-2 tablespoons oil. Season soft shell crabs as desired. Add to pan, top side first being careful as soft shell crabs can pop and spread hot oil. Sauté for 3-4 minutes then turn over and cook an additional 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and serve.

Pan Fry: Use seasoned flour or batter mix of choice. Add soft shell crabs to seasoned flour or batter mix coating entire crab. Remove excess. Carefully add to preheated deep-sided cast iron pan with about 1-2 inches of oil. Fry until crab turns golden brown, approximately 3-4 minutes turning at least once while cooking. Remove from pan and let crab drain of excess oil on paper towel then serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size
Serving Per Container
Amount Per Serving
Calories    Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat    g%
  Saturated Fat  g%
  Trans Fat  g
Cholesterol    mg%
Sodium    mg%
Total Carbohydrate    mg%
  Dietary Fiber  g%
  Sugars  g
Protein    g
Vitamin A  %Vitamin C  %
Calcium  Iron  
*Percentage Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories: 2,000  2,500
Total Fat         Less than 65g    80g
  Sat Fat         Less than 20g    25g
Cholesterol    Less than 300mg    300mg
Sodium           Less than 2,400mg  2,4000mg
Total Carbohydrate    300g    375g
  Dietary Fiber    25p    30g
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Date Submitted:
Nov 30, 2009
Soft- Shelled Crabs Meuniere

Serves: 2

Ingredients:
1 cup whole milk 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 4 frozen whole Prime soft shell crabs, thawed 1 cup Wondra or all-purpose flour Pinch of dried mustard Pinch of cayenne pepper 4 tablespoons clarified butter 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons chopped fresh leaf parsley

Directions:
Combine milk, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish and soak soft shell crabs for 5 minutes. Remove crabs from milk and drain of excess liquid and dredge in seasoned flour made up of dry mustard, cayenne pepper, and flour. Heat clarified butter in a 12 inch nonstick skillet over medium high heat but not smoking, then sauté crabs, upside down first for 2 minutes. Turn over and sauté until golden brown about 2-3 minutes more. Transfer crabs to serving dish. Add butter pieces to hot skillet and cook until golden brown with a nutty aroma. Add lemon juice and parsley (mixture will bubble up) then remove from heat. Season sauce and drizzle over crabs and serve.

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Swedesboro, NJ

Date Submitted:
Nov 30, 2009
Soft Shell Crabs with Red Pepper and Caper Aioli

Serves: 2
Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
4 (5 to 6-ounce) soft-shell crabs, cleaned 2 red bell peppers 1/3 cup light mayonnaise 1/4 cup basil leaves 2 tablespoons capers 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 garlic cloves, peeled 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon Old Bay 1/4 cup cornmeal 4 (3-ounce) pieces Italian bread, cut in half lengthwise and toasted 4 curly leaf lettuce leaves 4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices red onion

Directions:
Preheat broiler. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise, and discard seeds and membranes. Place bell pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet, and flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel. Place bell pepper, mayonnaise, basil, capers, salt, and garlic in a food processor; process until smooth. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle crabs with Cajun seasoning. Dredge crabs in cornmeal. Add crabs to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side, gently pressing body and legs against pan. Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise mixture evenly over each slice of bread. Arrange 1 crab over each bottom half of bread. Top each crab with 1 lettuce leaf and 1 red onion slice. Cover with top halves of bread.

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Date Submitted:
Nov 30, 2009
Sautéed Soft-shell Crabs with Garlic and Butter

Serves: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
3 soft-shell crabs, cleaned and patted dry Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 cup flour 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 3 cloves garlic, sliced 2 tablespoons capers, drained 1/2 cup white wine 1 tablespoon butter 2 chives, chopped

Directions:
Season crabs with salt and pepper and dredge in the flour, shaking off excess. Set aside. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the oil and sauté the crabs until soft, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove the crabs and set aside. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Then add capers and white wine. Cook until wine has reduced to about 1/2. Swirl in the butter and the chopped chives. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer crabs to a plate, spoon sauce over the crabs and garnish with Essence.

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Date Submitted:
Nov 30, 2009
Panko-crusted Soft Shell Crab with Ginger Ponzu Sauce

Serves: 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
4 soft shell crabs 1 egg (lightly beaten) 1/2 cup Panko (Japanese bread crumbs) Salt & black pepper 1 box radish sprouts Olive oil Dipping Sauce: 5 tablespoons Ponzu sauce 1/2 inch fresh ginger (grated)

Directions:
Heat up vegetable oil to 300 degrees in a deep pot or deep fryer. Clean the crabs with water and blot them dry with paper towels. Coat crabs with the egg and then panko. (Make sure that the crabs are well-coated with panko before you fry them). Deep fry each crab separately until the shell turns red and the panko becomes golden brown. Remove and drain crabs; set aside. Discard the roots of the radish sprouts. Season the radish sprouts with a little olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Mix the ponzu sauce with the grated ginger and transfer to a small serving bowl. On a plate, serve the crabs on a bed of radish sprouts and the ponzu sauce.

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