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Sautéed Soft-Shell Crabs

Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 crab)
Here is a basic recipe for cooking soft-shell crabs. You can vary it by adding cayenne pepper, garlic powder, or other seasonings to the flour.

Ingredients

  • 4 (3 1/2-ounce) soft-shell crabs, cleaned
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Nutrition Information

  • calories 124
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 4.2 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 1 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 16 g
  • carbohydrate 5.8 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • cholesterol 8 mg
  • iron 2.4 mg
  • sodium 320 mg
  • calcium 2 mg

How to Make It

  1. Sprinkle each crab with salt and pepper. Place flour in a shallow bowl. Dredge each crab in flour, turning to coat; shake off excess flour.

  2. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add crabs to pan, top sides down; cook 3 minutes. Turn crabs over; cook an additional 2 minutes.

Cook's Notes

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