How to make it

  • Preheat the oil in a large saucepan or deep fryer to 360 degrees F.
  • Rinse crabs in water, then pat dry with paper towel. Season each crab with the cajun spice and set aside.
  • Combine flour with 4 teaspoons of cajun spice, salt and ground black pepper and stir to combine well. Beat the egg with a splash of water in a shallow dish. Lay out the breadcrumbs in a separate shallow dish.
  • Lightly dredge each crab in the seasoned flour, making sure that the crabs are completely coated. Dip each crab in eggwash to cover, then coat in bread crumbs.
  • Holding the crabs by long tongs or balanced on a small skimmer, hold them so that the legs dangle down into the hot oil and fry for 1 minute, or until the legs are stiff. Lower the crab completely into the oil and fry until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn crab over and allow to fry an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy all over. Carefully transfer crabs to paper-lined plates to drain briefly before serving. Sprinkle with more cajun spice when still hot.
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat melt 2 tablespoons of the butter and saute the shallots until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the shrimp seasoned with cajun spice blend and saute for 1 minute, or until the shrimp turn pink around the edges. remove from the pan to a bowl. Add the shrimp stock/fish stock/clam juice, bring to a boil and cook over high heat until the stock is reduced by half. Add the heavy cream and cook until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. Add the shrimp back in, fresh thyme and snipped chives and cook until heated through. Whisk in the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and remove sauce from the heat. Taste, adjust seasoning if necessary, and serve the ragu ladled over the fried softshell crabs.

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  • keni 8 years ago
    ...I'm in the south, but not south enough. :( One of the things I've always wanted to try was soft shell crab straight from one of the bays. Great recipe.
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  • pkusmc 8 years ago
    Absolutely LOVE softshell crab. Had them last time I was down south. You can't find them where I'm from, though, unless you buy frozen.
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