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  • Writer's pictureTommy Centola

How to clean a Soft Shell Crab

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

Soft Shell Crabs are very abundant right now. It seems like every time I open Facebook, Chef Frank Brigtsen is posting pictures of these wonderful creatures. If you are fortunate to get you hands on some, this week, I will share with you one of my favorite ways to cook them. But first, you need to know how to clean them. So here you go.

1. To clean soft-shell crabs, hold the crab in one hand, and using a pair of kitchen shears, cut off the front of the crab, about 1/2 inch behind the eyes and mouth. Squeeze out the contents of the sack located directly behind the cut you just made.

2. Lift one pointed end of the crab’s outer shell; remove and discard the gills. Repeat on the other side.

3. Turn the crab over and snip off the small flap known as the apron. Rinse the entire crab well and pat dry. Once cleaned, crabs should be cooked or stored immediately.


Good Cooking, Good Eating and Good Living!!!

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