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Fried Soft-Shell Crabs

Soft-shell crabs are becoming very popular around the world and are considered a delicacy. Because the shell is completely soft (and edible), the entire crab can be eaten, although you'll need to dress (clean) them properly first. Soft-shells are best when fresh, although they can be purchased fully dressed and frozen during the off-season. The simplest method of cooking a soft-shell crab is to bread and fry it.

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Place dressed soft-shell crabs in a seasoned flour mixture (you can season it with salt, pepper, Old Bay seasoning, or you can purchase a box of mix from your local seafood shop) to bread. Coat well with the flour mixture.

Place breaded crabs in a frying pan and fry in oil heated to 375-degrees F. Be careful since the crabs may pop and spatter the oil while cooking.

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Cook crabs on each side, turning once, until golden brown (about 4 minutes on each side).

Drain on paper towels. Crabs may be eaten on hamburger buns  (soft-shell crab sandwiches) with ketchup or tartar sauce or they can be eaten as-is.

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