Soft-Shell Crab

Soft-Shell Crab

Servings: 4

Total Time: 35 mins

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Last Updated: March 1, 2022

Are you ready for the recipe of crab soft-shell? Soft-shell crabs are found throughout the world, and have been a culinary delight for ages. The Soft-shell crab recipe is mainly used in the East Asian countries because of its springy texture, nice aromas and sweet taste. These crabs are used to make a variety of cuisines and are primarily famous as tempura. A delicious low carb summer dish that just screams «seafood» and tastes as good as it looks.


  • 1 Egg
  • 4 Soft-Shell Crabs
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 Cups Oil for Frying
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste



Step 1

The first step is clean every crab.

Step 2

Lift one pointed side of the upper shell and remove the gills, pulling them outward.

Step 3

 Put the top shell back down and repeat on the other side.

Step 4

On the underside, remove the tail flap by turning and pulling it away. Use scissors to remove the face, cutting off behind the eyes.

Step 5

Rinse the cleaned crabs with cold water and leave to dry on a paper towel.

Step 6

Plug in deep fryer and heat oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees F (180 degrees F).

Step 7

Now take a small bowl and beat the milk and egg with a fork, also in a separate bowl add salt and pepper to the flour.

Step 8

Take some salt and salt the crab. Then put it in the flour, then in the egg and back in the flour.

Step 9

Very gently place the crab in the hot oil. Cook for 2 minutes until the crab is golden brown.

Step 9

Serve as soon as they are cool enough to eat. You can eat the whole crab.

Soft-shell crabs are one of the rare treats that you should try to make at least once in your lifetime. The season for soft-shell crabs is very short, so if you are thinking of buying live soft-shells, make sure you buy them as fresh as possible and on the day of preparation. This way they will be still alive when you need them to be.

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