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Sautéed Soft-Shell Crabs with Asian Mignonette

Yield Makes 6 appetizer or 3 entrée servings
Notes: Allow 1 soft-shell crab for an appetizer, 2 for an entrée.


  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 soft-shell crabs (2 1/2- to 3-oz. size; see notes)
  • All-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine

Nutrition Information

  • calories 74
  • caloriesfromfat 65 %
  • protein 6.7 g
  • fat 5.3 g
  • satfat 2.9 g
  • carbohydrate 0.7 g
  • sodium 385 mg
  • cholesterol 72 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a small bowl, combine rice vinegar, lime juice, ginger, parsley, garlic, and salt. Set mignonette aside.

  2. Gently lift (but don't detach) each side of the back shell of the crab and pull off and discard the soft gills; lay shell back in place. Rinse crab and pat dry. Coat crab with flour and shake off excess.

  3. Melt butter in an 11- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add crabs and brown well, turning once or twice, about 7 minutes total. Lift from pan and drain briefly on paper towels.

  4. Serve crabs hot and drizzle to taste with mignonette.

  5. Nutritional analysis per crab.