Ultimate Soft-Shelled Crab Sandwich

A true delicacy, the soft-shelled crab is a springtime treat. Ask your fishmonger to clean them for you, as it is messy and a bit complicated.

Serves: 2Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cold egg
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 large soft-shelled crabs
  • 4 slices hearty wheat bread
  • 1 cup shredded Romaine lettuce
  • 1 large ripe tomato, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup tartar sauce

Directions

  • Heat the oil in a pot or deep-fryer to 375°F.
  • Mix together the flour, egg, water, Old Bay, and salt and pepper. Do not overmix. Keep cold.
  • Dip the crabs in the batter and carefully place them in the oil. Fry for about 5 minutes or until the oil stops bubbling and the crabs float, turning once. Transfer to paper towels to drain, and blot dry.
  • Spread tartar sauce on the slices of bread. Place the lettuce and tomato on the bread and place the fried crabs on top. Serve hot.

Recipe Information

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cold egg
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 large soft-shelled crabs
  • 4 slices hearty wheat bread
  • 1 cup shredded Romaine lettuce
  • 1 large ripe tomato, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup tartar sauce

Directions

  • Heat the oil in a pot or deep-fryer to 375°F.
  • Mix together the flour, egg, water, Old Bay, and salt and pepper. Do not overmix. Keep cold.
  • Dip the crabs in the batter and carefully place them in the oil. Fry for about 5 minutes or until the oil stops bubbling and the crabs float, turning once. Transfer to paper towels to drain, and blot dry.
  • Spread tartar sauce on the slices of bread. Place the lettuce and tomato on the bread and place the fried crabs on top. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories780
Total Fat36g
Saturated Fat7g
Cholesterol130mg
Sodium1650mg
Total Carbohydrate88g
Dietary Fiber6g
Sugars9g
Protein25g