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stymie May 5, 2012 01:52 PM

planning on pan frying some soft shell crab. never had them. how do you like to eat them?.. I'm leaning towand a sandwich. What kind of bread works well?

  1. MGZ May 7, 2012 03:54 AM

    I posted this thread on Friday, perhaps it will help:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/847634

    1. EricMM May 6, 2012 03:39 PM

      I love soft shell crabs far too much to bury in a sandwich. I just clean them myself, dip them in milk, then dredge them in flour. Sauteed briefly in butter, maybe with a split or crushed garlic clove. Then all they need is a sprinkle of lemon. I could see putting the tougher ones in a sandwich....but its the softest ones possible that I go for.

      1. tim irvine May 6, 2012 01:00 PM

        To me soft shell sandwiches are the preferred way to consume them, but as with crab cakes, too much bread is not good. I'd toast a thin white bread like Pepperidge Farms or home made, flour the crabs and brown lightly in a little butter and peanut oil, and go with minimalist toppings, like a light spread of capered tart mayo on one of the slices. Mmmmmm. I miss callinectes sapidus.

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          fourunder May 5, 2012 10:50 PM

          I do enjoy Pan Fried/Deep Fried Soft Shell Crabs.....either alone or on a sandwich with Aioli or Remoulade....but my favorite way to have them is pan sauteed.....first dipped in flour and egg....then dressed in a Francese/Francais or other lemon and butter sauce enhanced with herbs and Concasse Tomatoes ...served with a starch of choice and vegetables on the side.

          1. 1POINT21GW May 5, 2012 02:07 PM

            I'm with you - I'd put them on some New Orleans French bread and make a po boy out of them.

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