Soft Shell Crab Dinner

Nightclub Dwight

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Tonight I tried a new method, broiled soft shell crab instead of sauteed . It was incredible, I think this is my new method. I served it over toasted sour dough bread that I cut into thick slices. I painted the toast with ramp compound butter that I made a few weeks ago, then more ramp butter over the top of everything, with a squeeze of lemon to finish. All the juices from the crab were absorbed by the thick toast. I even saved the liquid from when I was cleaning the crabs, heated it up and poured that on as well

I can't post a photo because it came out looking like a mess. Next time I'll be more careful. Soft shells are fresh in the market now, so go get some and try it for yourself!
 

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Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
You are lucky to have the venerable Dungeness crab. I used to eat it as much as I could afford to when I lived in the Pacific Northwest.

The blue crab of the northeast United States just doesn't have that much meat on it, but I love the soft shell phase. Not that I don't love the hard shell too....
 

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I’d eat it.
My mom’s favorite food is fried soft shell crab.
I’ll admit that the sautéed version looks a bit off putting.
But hey that’s what the top piece of French bread on the poboy is for.
 

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You are lucky to have the venerable Dungeness crab. I used to eat it as much as I could afford to when I lived in the Pacific Northwest.

The blue crab of the northeast United States just doesn't have that much meat on it, but I love the soft shell phase. Not that I don't love the hard shell too....
Yeah, love the Dungeness for sure. probably my favorite food over lobster. But I spent time back in Maryland and around there, I wasnt much for trying to clean and pick the meat out of blues but are great cooked soft shell for sure.
 

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I'd order that in a restaurant. Soft-shell crab is one of my favorite forms of seafood.
There is a food truck called Adam's Grub Truck in San Francisco that makes one of the best sandwiches I've ever eaten.
It's called the Kraken, and it has a pair of deep-fried soft-shell crabs topped with Asian slaw, Sriracha, bacon, seaweed, and guacamole on a toasted bun.
I'm salivating just thinking about it.
 

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I love soft shell crab but rarely get to enjoy it here in mid-Michigan. Last time was during a spring trip where I bought frozen ones from a Florida shrimp trailer and prepared them myself. My wife isn’t a fan and restaurants here don’t serve it, so fresh is pretty much impossible.

I like them sautéed or fried but your prep sounds great.
 

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I'm not a fan of eating the shell. My best man's MIL used to live on Long Island. We'd go down there and catch blue crab and grill them up. Amazing.
 

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I’m blaming you for me developing a craving for softshells. It’s been too long - probably 2-3 years since I had any. I know I can source some around here but I’ll bet it’s going to be $$$.
 

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My mouth was watering before I finished reading the first paragraph. :)
 

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I've had em very lightly battered and deep fried on a kaiser roll with LTM and a sprinkling of Old Bay seasoning on them, just a light dusting. Delicious!! Also, exellent sauteed in a cast iron pan in butter after a light dusting of flour, then on to a sandwich...
 

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I can walk to this Japanese restaurant but the
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price is for one crab.
 

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I hear crabs are pretty good around these parts. Gonna have to give a few places a go and report back in.
 




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