Has anyone seen Soft Shell Crabs for sale in local markets?
Absolutely dying to get my hands on a box of soft shells while they are in season- has anyone seen them for sale in the markets?
I'm eastside- adjacent, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Glendale, even Chinatown all work...
I seem to recall L.A. Fish having them last week. I know for sure that Whole Paycheck/Foods had them on Sunday. 99 Ranch did NOT.
santa monica seafood on Wilshire has uncooked soft shell crab in their retail section.
They are currently offering a groupon to be used within the next month. They sell out quickly and the number of certificates is limited. Act quickly if you are interested.
Struck out when I called Fish King but they said they have had them intermittently.
Got lucky on my second try at Santa Monica Seafood. Still kicking (barely) and the overall quality was pretty good. Price was $8 each and they were big - between 1/4 and 1/3 pound each.
I'd be wary of that LAX-C rec below. I didn't see them last week in the fresh fish section. The soft crabs they sell by the box are frozen indonesian swimmer crabs and fit for nothing but spider rolls from questionable sushi joints.
Also, you really don't want to deep fry these little bad boys. Dust with flour, salt pepper and pan fry in a little butter.
Glad you found SM Seafood. Did you see my recommendation earlier today? I have a Groupon that I plan to use on Saturday to purchase their soft shell crabs.
I totally agree with your advice: Steer clear of unknown purveyors, particularly those who may not practice sustainability.
I plan to steam mine---the way they do in Baltimore with Chesapeake Bay soft shells. Yum.
By box, if you mean case, 2nd recc by john for L.A. Fish Co. (call first and make sure they're in stock). You'll have to get there early (before 8am), but they'll still be moving in the hay unlike the retail markets and you'll have to trim them (easy). Just make sure they're alive and not blowing bubbles. You can choose from jumbos (18) or prime (24)
Never bought one at retail that's been alive (maybe SM Seafood, but they're mostly dead). They usually kill them to dress them and put them on ice. The meat goes pretty mushy quickly at that point.
If a case, then LA Fish. If one or two WF or maybe McCall's.
FYI...there's a coupon in the Saturday L A Times every week for $5 off at Santa Monica Seafood. I don't typically use coupons, but every bit helps!