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Old 07-11-2007, 08:19 PM
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Anybody have any recipes? (NOT FRIED)
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Old 07-11-2007, 08:22 PM
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http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-..._crabs,FF.html

I haven't tried any of these.
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Old 07-12-2007, 12:02 AM
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Well let me tell you, Sheila certainly wasn't fried............she appeared to be well roasted but she was pretty rare when you go right into her..... ......actually very pink in the middle!
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:06 PM
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i like 'em prepared pretty simply:

i'm assuming you've already cleaned them...

mix up some flour and old bay to your taste.
dunk the crab in some milk and then dredge it in the flour/old bay mixture.
place shell-down on a greased broiler pan with a dollop of butter.
place pan in oven with crabs abour 4 inches from heating elements for about 4 minutes.
flip them over after 4 minutes (so the shell is now up) and add another dollop of butter.
broil for another 4 minutes.

enjoy!
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:42 PM
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They are excellent grilled. Haven't tried to cook them myself though.
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Old 07-13-2007, 06:55 AM
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I have lived in the heartland of soft crabs for several decades. We have have hundreds of soft crab shedder boxes in the area. I think most locals would think it is some kind of sin if soft crabs are not pan fried. Even most local upscale restaurants pan fry them. I believe soft crabs should be crispy on the outside.
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Old 07-13-2007, 08:32 AM
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topfish - 7/13/2007 6:55 AM

I have lived in the heartland of soft crabs for several decades. We have have hundreds of soft crab shedder boxes in the area. I think most locals would think it is some kind of sin if soft crabs are not pan fried. Even most local upscale restaurants pan fry them. I believe soft crabs should be crispy on the outside.
Yup thats the way to do them. Place in the pan, couple min.(5) each side and your done. I also like adding old bay to pancake mix with beer instead of water.
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Old 07-13-2007, 09:07 AM
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Yea i agree but be very careful deep frying them. I was cooking up a batch with no shirt on one time and learned real quick those things can have water pockets in them. Got splattered pretty bad with some hot oil and ended up with some bad blisters on my chest and stomach.
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