Fried Soft Shell Crabs Recipe

This fried soft shell crab recipe is prepared with soft shell crabs coated in batter and fired in oil. prepared with a mix of eggs, milk and flour, seasoned with pepper and salt, the crabs are fried to a golden brown and can be served as appetizers or a side in a meal.


Difficulty LevelEasyHealth IndexAverage
MethodMain Ingredient
Interest Group


 Soft shell crabs4 Large (May Use 8 Small, Blue Colored)
 Egg1 , beaten
 Milk1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 All purpose flour1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Salt1⁄4 Teaspoon
 Ground red pepper1⁄8 Teaspoon
 Shortening/Cooking oil1 Cup (16 tbs) (For Shallow Fat Frying)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 2443 Calories from Fat 1912

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 216 g332.5%

Saturated Fat 54.7 g273.4%

Trans Fat 27 g

Cholesterol 482.3 mg

Sodium 1589 mg66.2%

Total Carbohydrates 52 g17.2%

Dietary Fiber 1.9 g7.6%

Sugars 3.6 g

Protein 76 g152.1%

Vitamin A 10.1% Vitamin C 17.7%

Calcium 40.6% Iron 36.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


To clean the soft shell crabs, refer to photos, above.
In a shallow dish combine egg and milk.
In another dish combine flour, salt, and red pepper.
Dip crabs in egg mixture.
Then roll in flour mixture.
In an 8 or 10 inch skillet heat 1/2 inch melted shortening of cooking oil till hot.
Add 2 or 3 of the crabs, back side down.
Fry for 3 to 5 minutes or till golden.
Turn carefully.
Fry for 2 to 3 minutes more or till crabs are crisp and golden.
Drain on paper towels.
Keep crabs warm in a 300 oven.
Repeat frying with the remaining crabs.
To serve, garnish with kale and sliced kumquats, if desired.