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Where to buy soft shell crab for cooking?

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gnowk May 28, 2008 03:48 PM

Hi all,

Just saw this article on soft shell crab and pasta in the New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/28/din...

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

Thanks.

  1. monku May 28, 2008 03:59 PM

    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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      ryoray May 29, 2008 11:45 AM

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

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      Clinton May 28, 2008 04:12 PM

      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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        FED May 28, 2008 04:18 PM

        bristol farms usually has fresh ones.

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          monku May 28, 2008 04:33 PM

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

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            FED May 29, 2008 09:32 AM

            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.

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              Diana May 29, 2008 12:23 PM

              what an image!

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        petitchou May 29, 2008 08:03 PM

        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.

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