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Aug 15, 2009 10:50 AM

Where to find soft shell crab?

Hi guys,

Where can I find fresh soft shell crabs in Montreal? Are we to content ourselves with frozen ones only that sells for so expensively at the poissonerie?

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  1. If you want them fresh, I'm not sure, but Odaki offers all you can eat soft-shell crab on their a la carte menu.

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    1. re: afoodyear

      Ermm... just to be clear, I meant a volonte "buffet", not a la carte. Brain fart.

    2. Seeing fresh is a rare event in these parts.
      I was at the fish store in the Jean Talon market awhile back. They sold a box of soft shells for $20, cheap, no?
      Dunno if they still have 'em though.

      1. it's funny that you asked that. I went to buy some today, I get mine at Norref Poissonnerie ( 5min. bus from Metro Frontenac), it's the only place I know. And yes, it's frozen and crazy expensive.

          1. re: C70

            I've never seen fresh in chinatown markets.
            Now that I really think about it, I've only seen them fresh at Milos (they're billed as fresh, flown-in).
            You can ask to purchase them - but bring a credit card or a fat wallet.

            I think they're in season (on the east coast) from may to sept.

          2. Are soft shell crabs even in season, right now?