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May 28, 2008 03:48 PM

Where to buy soft shell crab for cooking?

Hi all,

Just saw this article on soft shell crab and pasta in the New York Times:

And now I have a craving for it. Anyone know where I can buy some in the South Bay area?


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  1. You might want to call Captain Kidd's in Redondo Beach (310) 372-7703, they might have it or tell you who might.
    or check out Mitsuwa Market(Torrance) or Marukai (Gardena), they might have them...couple years ago I saw them sold frozen, but I'm sure you that's good enough.

    Come to think of it I don't think I've ever seen them sold live out here on the west coast.

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    1. re: monku

      santa monica seafood has sold live soft shell crabs occasionally. they are high quality but expensive.

    2. Just saw some the other day in the frozen section at 99 Ranch Market. If they taste like all their other frozen seafood...yuck!

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      1. re: Clinton

        bristol farms usually has fresh ones.

        1. re: FED

          Just curious...when you say "fresh" are the live or dead sitting on ice?

          1. re: monku

            that depends. ostensibly, they are alive but deep-chilled. however, they seem to offer little resistance when i snip off their faces. they do taste very fresh, though.

      2. We have been getting them at Fish King in Glendale and they are delicious!!! They'll clean them for you if you want but it is fun and easy to do yourself.