I’m a Maryland girl. Even though I was born in Pittsburgh, I was raised in Maryland. To me that means CRABS! Any which way I can get them. Here’s a simple way to prepare soft shell blue crabs. Let me tell you… these sandwiches were delicious.
Vegetable Oil for frying
4 soft shell Crabs
1 cup Flour
2 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp each, Salt and Pepper
2 cups Saltine Crackers, finely crushed in food processor
2 large Soft Sandwich Rolls
2 ripe Tomatoes
Pour oil about an inch deep into a large frying pan.
Get your splatter guard ready, if you have one.
These crabs sometimes squirt while frying.
Set up a 3 bowl station to coat the crabs:
First bowl contains the flour, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
Next bowl contains the 2 eggs, beaten.
Third bowl has the crushed saltine crackers.
Rinse each crab and set on paper towel.
Dip each crab in the flour, coating completely.
Next the egg, and finally into the saltine crackers.
When you have the first 2 coated place them into the hot oil.
Cook over medium heat, about 3 minutes per side, until golden and crispy.
While they are cooking coat the other 2 remaining crabs.
Remove the cooked crabs from the oil and place on paper towel.
Lightly salt while still warm.
I assembled the sandwiches simply by placing the crispy fried crab in the warm sandwich roll.
Topped it with sliced tomato, lettuce, mayo, salt & pepper.