Soft Shell Crab Sandwich Recipe

This Maryland soft shell crab sandwiches recipe is delicious and simple to make. A whole, cooked soft shell crab makes for an impressive meal and it only takes a few minutes to cook.

Cameron’s Seafood Maryland soft shell crabs are perfect for fried crab sandwiches. They arrive at your door already cleaned, so as soon as they’re thawed, you can start to cook. When you deep fry or shallow pan fry the crabs, the legs get deliciously crispy while the bodies of the crabs stay soft and moist. Combine that with a soft bun, creamy sauce, and fresh vegetables and you have the makings for a colorful and delectable dish.

Today we’re sharing a recipe for soft shell crab sandwiches with pancetta and remoulade from Food & Wine. Pancetta is not always easy to find, so bacon will do if you need to use a substitute. It will still give a crispy and salty flavor like that of pancetta. We hope you enjoy making AND eating this crab burger recipe!

Soft Shell Crab Sandwich Recipe

Skill Level: Beginner Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Cook Time: 40 minutes Serves: 4
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 large dill pickle finely diced
  • 1 tbsp red onion minced
  • 2 tsp tarragon leaves chopped
  • 1 tsp capers finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • tsp ½salt divided in half
  • tsp ½black pepper divided in half
  • 4 slices of pancetta or bacon
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • cup approximately ¼all-purpose flour
  • 4 large brioche or hamburger buns split and toasted
  • 1 small bunch of arugula
  • 1 large tomato thinly sliced


  1. In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, dill pickle, red onion, tarragon, capers, Dijon mustard, and half the salt and pepper. This is your remoulade. Set aside until needed.
  2. Place the pancetta slices in a single layer in a large skillet or frying pan. Cook over medium heat, turning once, until the pancetta is crispy. This should take about 6 minutes. If you would like your pancetta to stay flat, weigh it down with a heavy pot lid that is smaller than the skillet or pan in use. Transfer the pancetta to a paper towel lined plate and wipe out the skillet.
  3. In the same pan, melt the butter and cooking oil. The butter will impart a nice, nutty flavor and the oil will keep it from burning. Season the soft shell crabs with salt and pepper and then dust them with flour. You want to be generous with the flour. Cook the crabs in the skillet over high heat, turning once, until they are crisp and golden. They should take about 5-7 minutes to cook all the way through, depending on the size.
  4. Spread your remoulade on the cut sides of the bun. Arrange the pancetta and the soft shell crabs on the bottom of the bun and the arugula and tomato on the top half. Close the sandwiches and cut them in half if desired.
  5. These soft shell fried crab sandwiches would be great served with a small salad, a soup, or even some French fries.

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By: Melanie Craighead


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