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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

How to Clean soft shelled crabs-

Soft shelled crabs are in season starting around the beginning of may. They are the molten state of the blue crab. Cleaning them takes only a few minutes, but if at all possible, its much less messy for you to have your fish guy do it for you. If you want to clean them yourself, or if you get home and find that they have not been cleaned, follow these simple steps.

1. First remove the eyes and mouth buy holding the crab with tongs and snipping off at least 1/4" behind the eyes in one swift cut with the scissors. While still holding the crab use your scissors to snip away or scoop out any extra harder shell or any other matter left behind from the area.

2. Take out the gills. You will do this by lifting up the shell on each side of the body. Scrape out or use you scissors and cut out the gills.

3. This step is optional but some people prefer if done. You will now flip the crab over and see a flap on the bottom area of the body (it's kind of a triangular shape and I think of it as the tail). Cut this off with scissors.

4. Rinse the crab well before storing on ice in your refrigerator.

To Cook: Crabs are usually dipped in batter and then pan fried in neutral oil such as vegetable, for about 4 minutes per side. They can also be grilled for about the same amount of time.

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