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Deep Fried Soft-Shell Crabs


  • 1 cup all purpose flour divided
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Hearty heap of salt and pepper or Old Bay Seasoning
  • 6 oz light beer
  • Oil for frying heated to 350°F.
  • 6 soft shell crabs


  1. Place 1/2 cup of flour in a large bowl (reserving the remaining 1/2 cup flour for use later) with the cornstarch, baking powder, and seasonings, whisk to combine.
  2. Add beer and whisk to combine the batter.
  3. Place the remaining 1/2 cup of flour in another large bowl, and coat each crab, being sure to shake off the excess flour. Dip each crab in the batter and immediately transfer to the hot oil.
  4. Fry for 5-6 minutes or until golden and crisp all over.
  5. Remove from the oil and set aside to drain on paper towels or on a wire rack.
  6. Serve asap to preserve the crisp.