Spicy Soft Shell Crabs Recipe
These crabs can be sautéed, pan fried, grilled or even deep fried – all of these methods are equally delicious, so the cooking technique is totally up to you here.
Soft shell crabs cook up very quickly & require very little work. But some minor cleaning is involved but if you are feeling squeamish – just ask your fishmonger to clean them for you ☺.
SPICY SOFT SHELL CRABS
6-8 small soft shell crabs, cleaned
3-4 large garlic cloves, very finely minced
1” piece of ginger, peeled & very finely minced
½ cup rice flour
½ tsp turmeric (haldi)
½ tsp red chili powder, to taste
½ ground cumin powder
1 tsp ground coriander powder
1 tsp kala or goda masala (you can use garam masala)
salt & pepper, to taste
oil for pan frying (peanut, vegetable or canola)
fresh lemon or lime wedges for garnish
freshly chopped cilantro leaves for garnish
To clean a soft shell crab, simply fold back the top soft shell to expose their orange gills. Then just remove & discard these gills from both sides of the crab. Don’t forget to remove their eyes & mouth as well. Next, turn the crab over & fold back the tail flap – just pull it away from the body & discard. Make sure your crabs are thoroughly dry, pat them well with a towel & your crab is ready to go.
In a large deep skillet (a cast iron pan works really well) on medium high heat, add about ¼” of oil. Then in a large shallow baking dish, combine the garlic along with the ginger, rice flour & spices (turmeric, red chili powder, ground cumin powder, ground coriander powder, kala masala, salt & pepper). Then dredge the crabs in the rice flour mixture, making sure they are evenly coated on both sides. Shake off any excess flour & carefully add them to the hot oil. Pan fry them on each side for just 2-3 minutes until crispy & golden brown. Drain well on absorbent paper towels & sprinkle them with just a little salt while they are still warm. Then arrange them on a large serving platter, garnish with the lemon wedges & cilantro leaves. Serve with your favorite chutneys & sauces.
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