Soft Shell Crab Recipe: Soft Shell Crabs & Waffles

Chicken & waffles are a quintessential part of southern cuisine. To make it our own, we’ve decided to make soft shell crab & waffles for a unique Maryland-inspired twist. The deep fried sweet and slightly spicy meat of the crab goes well with the crispy sweetness of the cornmeal waffles. The whole fried blue crab also makes for an impressive presentation on any plate – you can eat every last morsel of a soft shell crab and it won’t have a tough or bony texture!

When you order Maryland soft shell crabs from Cameron’s you will get your crabs already cleaned. We harvest soft shell crabs within 12 hours of molting so the new shell has not had a chance to harden. This ensures you receive a premium product to cook at home.

We hope you enjoy this recipe for cooking deep fried soft shell crab & waffles from our kitchen. It is a fun take on a classic favorite!

Soft Shell Crab Recipe: Soft Shell Crabs & Waffles

Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people



  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • tsp ½salt
  • tsp ½black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • cup ¼butter melted

Deep Fried Soft Shell Crabs

  • 4 Cameron’s Maryland soft shell crabs thawed
  • 1 egg
  • cup ½milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • tsp ½cayenne pepper
  • tsp ½salt
  • tsp ½pepper
  • cooking oil we recommend grape seed or peanut

Maple Spread

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • cup ¼maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard


  1. For the waffles, mix together the flour, yellow cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Whisk in the milk, eggs, and melted butter until the batter is mostly smooth. Let the batter sit while you preheat your waffle maker. After your waffles are finished, place them warm in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit until needed.
  2. In the meantime, start cooking your soft shell crabs. In a medium sized bowl, whisk the egg and milk together. In another medium sized bowl, combine the flour, cayenne, salt, and pepper.
  3. Dip each crab into the flour mixture, then into the egg and milk mixture, and then back into the flour mixture. Shake off any extra flour. Set the crabs aside until your oil is hot.
  4. In a Dutch oven or a medium sized pot, heat 3 inches of oil to 365 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the size of your pot, fry the soft shell crabs 1 or 2 at a time for 2 minutes per side or until golden and cooked through. Place on a cooling rack so they don’t get soggy.
  5. Stir the mayonnaise, maple syrup and Dijon mustard together in a small bowl.
  6. Take 4 plates and place 2-4 waffle pieces on each plate. Spoon some of the maple spread onto each waffle and top them with 1 soft shell crab per plate. If you like your savoury waffles a bit sweeter, you can drizzle some more maple syrup over the plates.
  7. Tip: If you have leftover waffles, warm them in your toaster or toaster oven and serve them the next day for breakfast with some butter and maple syrup.

Buy Maryland Soft Shell Crabs Online

Don’t forget, you can purchase Maryland soft shell crabs from our online store. We also have many other great seafood options available as well. You can order your items online and we will deliver them right to your doorstep via FedEx.

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By: Melanie Craighead


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