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beer batter soft shell crabs

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a recipe by
Eddie Szczerba
Ossining, NY

These beuties have a short season and we love to make them as soon as they're available!

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prep time 20 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For beer batter soft shell crabs

  • 4 lg
    soft shell crabs
  • 1 bottle
    frying oil
  • 1+1/2 c
  • 1 pinch
    salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 bottle
    beer /plus one egg beaten
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
    sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 md
    lemon,juiced and the zest
  • 1 pinch
    salt and white pepper,garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 slice
    chopped sweet onions

How To Make beer batter soft shell crabs

  • 1
    Rinse and pat dry the crabs,set to the side. Place about one pint of frying oil in your frying skillet,set to 350 degrees.
  • 2
    For the batter combine all of the ingredients and mix well using a wire whisk if you have one otherwise just use a fork or a spoon. Dredge the crabs through the batter twice and slowly float them into the hot oil,fry them for one and a half to two minutes per side or until golden brown and crispy. Note: only do two at a time so the oil doesn't drop in temperature.
  • 3
    Prepare the tartar sauce using all of the ingredients,adjust the taste and serve with your soft shell crabs! A good side for this is fresh coke slaw or potato salad or can be served with rice and a vegetable as well. They are also great over a nice fresh tossed salad with some grilled corn on the cob! Enjoy your summer!!