Soft Shell Crab Eggs Benedict

Soft shell crabs are not only for lunch and dinner. Eggs benedict is a traditional American dish that gained its popularity in New York City. Typically served with bacon or ham on an English muffin, we’ve changed the protein to crispy soft shell crabs to add a decadent touch to this classic brunch favorite.

At Cameron’s Seafood, our Maryland soft shell crabs come pre-cleaned. The crabs are caught within 12 hours of molting, so the new shells have not yet started to form and the meat is very soft. We are in prime soft shell crab season right now, so there’s no better time to order your soft shell crabs!

Soft Shell Crab Eggs Benedict

Skill Level: Intermediate
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 4 Cameron’s Maryland Soft shell Crabs thawed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • cup ½cooking oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 eggs yolks
  • tbsp ½lemon juice
  • cup ¼unsalted butter melted
  • pinch of salt
  • tsp ¼paprika
  • 2 English muffins
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives chopped


  1. First you want to sauté your soft shell crabs. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the flour, salt, pepper, and Old Bay Seasoning. Dredge your crabs in the flour, shaking off the excess back into the bowl. Heat the ½ cup cooking oil in a deep pan to 160 degrees Fahrenheit and fry your crabs until they are brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Place the crabs on a wire rack or paper towel lined plate until needed.
  2. Fill a medium-sized pot half way with water and bring to a boil. Add the vinegar and reduce the heat to a simmer. Gently place the 4 eggs into the pot and cook 3½ minutes for a soft poached egg or 5 minutes for a medium poach. Take them out of the pot with a slotted spoon and rest the eggs on a plate until needed.
  3. While the eggs are cooking, make your hollandaise sauce. In a heat proof bowl, vigorously whisk together the egg yolks and the lemon juice until very pale. Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water and cook while whisking until the egg mixture is warm and thickened. Slowly pour in a thin stream of butter while whisking until the mixture is very thick and doubled in volume. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt and paprika.
  4. Split the English muffins and toast them. Place 2 halves on each plate, add one soft shell crab to each muffin half. Carefully set the eggs on top of the crabs and spoon hollandaise sauce over each one. Garnish the plates with fresh chives and breakfast is served!

Buy Maryland Soft Shell Crabs Online

You can purchase Maryland soft shell crabs from our online store for direct delivery to your home. We also have plenty of other exciting seafood options to choose from.

We would love to know how your soft shell crab eggs benedict turned out. You can comment on this blog or find us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you!

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By: Melanie Craighead


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