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Sunday, July 18, 2010

little surprises


You know, I was under the impression that soft shell crab season had already come and gone, I saw it for myself in fact, but this was all turned upside down when lo and behold I saw boxes of these soft little beauties all over again. I wasnt going to pass them up this time.
Soft shell crab are a little bit of a delicacy but more than that I think they are also an acquired taste, seriously you have to be ready to chomp through an entire soft crab carcass and as unappetizing as that sounds it is really quite the opposite.

Standard breading procedure but with the addition of cornmeal gives these softies the right crunch. You can have them in a salad or you can have them my favorite way and thats in a sandwich. Sometimes its wasabi mayo, sometimes its chipotle mayo but this time its siracha mayo and some fat slices of tomato on a tasty sesame seed bun. If you have never tried soft shell crab you should, it is sweet crabby sweetness like you cant even imagine.

33 comments:

FOODalogue said...

my mouth waters

Foodie said...

Looking tasty, Dog! As an ex-marylander, I miss these

Jill said...

Looks wonderful as usual. I made some fried chicken livers the other day...hoping that my husband would like them. I left them in buttermilk overnight and then dredged them in flour, panko, salt and pepper.

He still hates them.

girlichef said...

These look freakin' awesome. Something I've always wanted to try, but haven't. Wish I was near a coast...so they'd be easier to find!

lisa is cooking said...

I'm never clear on the season for soft shell crab, but I do love them. Looks amazing on the sandwich!

Kath said...

I first tried soft shell crab in New Orleans. What a treat! It's not really available here in Seattle. (But we do have fabulous Dungeness crab!)

Nicole@ The Dirty Oven said...

Looks great. I love soft shell crab!! Thanks for sharing

Tangled Noodle said...

It's been too, too long since I've had soft shell crab! I have no problem whatsoever eating deep-fried, golden-crisp carcasses (of the soft shell crab variety, of course. All other carcasses need not apply.) I'm feeling crabby now.

Lea Ann said...

I had a sample of one at a local market. I was underwhelmed. I think it was the texture..that little crunch of the shell.

pigpigscorner said...

*drools*

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

Never had a soft crab sandwich - will have now try one! Looks very tasty.

vanillasugar said...

those sauces are perfect. never tried a sriachi sauce. perfect. i could not fathom deep frying something in this heat though. glad you survived it.

Marjie said...

Now I wish it wasn't 3.5 hours to Baltimore!

Vicki said...

Hooray for soft-shell crabs! And especially the sriracha mayo, I could dip fried cardboard in that and be happy.

Jenn said...

I need to get me some soft-shell crabs. ASAP!! -- I have never cooked it before. Though I have eaten it once before, which seems like decades ago.

intuitive eggplant said...

Both the salad and the sandwich versions are making my mouth water! Did you get your new camera? These photos are gorgeous.

Magic of Spice said...

They look amazing... I would not be able to decide so I would just have to try them all:)

Vickie said...

I have not tried them, but I'm sure I'd love them. Your photos make me sure of it. And siracha mayo sounds like a kick. Totally making that tomorrow.

♥peachkins♥ said...

I haven't tried it in sandwich but it looks like something I would eat for the breakfast,lunch and dinner!

Lauren (Healthy Delicious) said...

oh man, I haven't had a soft shell crab since I moved up here 4 years ago. I wonder if I could even find them up this way? Damn it, you've unleashed a craving....

Jeannie said...

Oh yes! I have tried it and it was very delicious! Love your idea of making a sandwich out of it!

Abbey said...

I grew up eating soft shell crab sandwiches in wrightsville beach, nc. They are so incredibly delicious, your post now has me craving them.

buffalodick said...

I WANT SOME!

Chefs Resources said...

It's been years since I have had soft shell crab! I'm on the West Coast now and we don't see them out here. Your photo brings back fond (crunchy!) food memories.

sophia said...

You know, I've never had a whole soft shell crab before. I don't even know what I'm missing.

Donna-FFW said...

sweet crabby goodness.. can't beat it. Looks fabulous!

Juliana said...

Yummie! The soft shell crab sure looks delicious in any way you presented :-)

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Soft shell crabs are some of the best treats of the year. Lucky you to find them!
Sam

Barbara said...

I am telling you, these are my favorite! And have been for years and years. My mother introduced them to me when I was a child. If I see them on a menu, I order them. If I see them at the fish mongers, home they come.
YUMMMMMMM!!

KyungBivo中如 said...

Share and share alike.............................................................

sheri said...

hmmm, have to pass on this one! not to say that it doesn't look delicious, it does! but just the thought of biting through the shell and 'other' things is just too much for me...i'll be back to see what else is cooking :)

whatscookingwithdoc said...

Yum, a soft shell po' boy!! Love it; haven't seen the crabs down here but these days we are thyankful for an seafood that isn't "pre-oiled."

East Village Eats said...

Christo, where do you get your crabs from? I've seen them in a few places in Chinatown, but I'd prefer to buy from a spot that comes recommended.

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