Impress Guests With Cajun Fried Soft-shell Crabs

Fried soft-shell crabs have been considered a delicacy since they were first enjoyed in the 1880s.

Soft-shell crabs are actually blue crabs and they're found in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. The following recipe makes it easy to enjoy them-even if you've never prepared them before.

Cajun Fried Soft-Shell Crabs


4 cleaned, jumbo soft-shell crabs

4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

1/2 lemon (juiced)

2 eggs

1 cup milk

4 cups flour

4 cups LouAna Peanut Oil, for that nutty taste without cholesterol


1. Season soft-shell crabs with 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning and juice from a lemon.

2. Beat together eggs, milk and 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning in a bowl.

3. Season flour with remaining 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning. Preheat oil to 350 degrees.

4. Dredge crabs in flour, completely coating crabs. Dip in milk and egg batter and dredge back in flour.

5. Carefully drop crabs in preheated oil and fry until golden brown and floating, about 4 to 5 minutes, turning several times.

6. Allow cooked crabs to drain on paper towels before serving.

Yield: 4 soft-shell crabs

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