Fried Soft-Shell Crabs
Only a few weeks left in spring. Are you getting your soft-shell fix? Find recipes for softies and more spring crab dishes at Mariner's Menu. Commercial fishing families contributed and tested many of the recipes. Here's how to make fried soft-shell crabs, which are especially delicious on a sandwich with slaw and cocktail sauce.
Place crabs in shallow dish. Pour milk over them and leave for 15 minutes.
In another shallow dish, combine flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne.
Place a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan to a depth of 1 to 2 inches. Heat oil to 375 degrees.
Lift crabs from milk to drain. Dredge crabs in flour mixture. Gently place floured crabs in hot oil a few at a time. Fry until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn crabs over and fry an addition 2 to 3 minutes. Fry time will depend on the size of the crabs. Small crabs will cooky faster than large crabs. Maintain oil temperature at 375 degrees. Makes 4 to 8 servings (allow 1 to 2 crabs per person).
Source: Mariner's Menu