fried soft-shell crabs
do they fry soft-shell with the shells on? and also are supposed to eat these shells?
Yes, they are cooked with the "shells on" and the shells are eaten. After the crabs molt in the spring (or shed their hard shells) what is left covering them is a soft membrane which will harden to protect them after a time. It is before this hardening process when it's called a soft-shell. Delicous sauteed or lighly dusted with flour or panko crumbs and pan fried. Serve with tartar sauce and/or lemon. They're also called peepers, busters, and peelers (I read that somewhere). pat