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sautéed soft shells

Pan Fried Soft-Shell Crabs


  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • Hearty heap of Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk or buttermilk
  • Lemon zest
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 6 soft shell crabs


  1. Place flour and Old Bay in a large bowl. Place milk, lemon zest, and eggs in another large bowl, and whisk until blended. Place panko bread crumbs in a shallow bowl or high-sided plate. Bread the soft shell crabs by first coating in the seasoned flour, shaking off any excess flour, dipping into the milk-egg mixture, and, lastly, thoroughly coating in the bread crumbs. O
  2. nce the oil is hot, carefully place breaded softies into the skillet, and fry for 3 minutes per side or until golden brown and crispy.
  3. Remove from the oil and set aside to drain on paper towels or on a wire rack.
  4. Serve asap to preserve the crisp.