Haha…I doubt they’ve got them out here, unfortunately, but yeah, I clean pretty much everything I get from costco… 🙂
I haven’t had one in years but I used to get a GREAT Soft Shell Sand. at a place called Zelby’s in Belmar, New Jersey. It was a local place with the freshest seafood in town. My Dad and I would order a gallon of steamers and a two Soft shells to go. It was a light batter, fried and served with lemon, tarter or cocktail sauce. Really simple but very good. They had a separate fryer for crabs and fries. The fun part was Zelby’s was across the street from a very touristy place where tourists to the NJ shore, would get dressed up, sit in the heat and wait for a table to pay three times the price for what my friends and family were eating sitting next to our bikes on the boardwalk. It was GREAT!
Thanks for a great memory and a smile for my Dad!
Softshell Crabs from Costco?You have got to be kidding me!And Yes!Clean those things.
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I had my first soft shell crab po boy at a roadside place ( sorry, don’t remember the name of the place) on Rt 11 north side of Slidell, LA. Excellent sandwich.
Basically, they are served anywhere there are blue crabs. That means anywhere along the coastline from Brownsville Texas to the end of Maine (and maybe into Canada). I know that I have had them in LA, both coasts of FL, Charleston, Baltimore, NY and Mass.
Related question: How long will they last in a deep freeze?
Quite often, people who eat soft shelled crabs don’t even realize they’ve been cleaned. Here in Maryland, as a general rule most cut the face off and scrape the lungs from under the shell prior to cooking. Dusted with self rising flour, seasoned with a little Old Bay, sauteed in butter and served on white bread is the way to go! It’s also a good idea to prick the claws/legs with a fork prior to frying as they tend to pop/snap as they cook.
As for lettuce and tomato? Absolutely… As long as we’re talking a good, fresh from the garden summer tomato!
Yes these things are great! I have only had them when I was in Florida. In Key west I had one at Crabby Dick’s. Sharky’s on The Pier in Venice Florida, made one for me… they have just the crabs on the "Starters" menu.
Just had my seventh crab sandwich of the year at Lenny & Joes in Madison, Ct. Awesomely large definitely worth the $12 and included coleslaw. For two bucks more you get a few insipid french fries….not worth it…they really should try harder in that department. Rounded out the visit with some bargain priced promotional sportswear…hats, shirts. This stuff is a deal!!!
Nothin’ better than a softshell crab sandwich. We have a Costco near us. I hope they have them there, I’ll buy a couple of boxes. I dip them in self-rising flour, fry them quickly in butter & light olive oil, serve them on plain white bread with a little mayo and a squeeze of lemon juice. One of the finer things on this beautiful planet…
I was in Costco last week and they had boxes of frozen soft shell crabs. Since crab is one of the few seafoods I eat, I was mightily tempted. Has anyone had these?
During the soft shell season I served them every night in various ways at the Black Cow in Hamilton, MA. One Saturday night I had TWO left, not enough for a Sunday special. There were four of us on the line and I suggested that we eat them. My saute cook turned up his nose…."They taste like cardboard." Oh really? So I cleaned them and fixed them and all four of us stood around oohing and aaahing, devouring them.
Before Katrina hit New Orleans we went to Mother’s on Poydras St. We had been there many times before. So this Elvis-looking guy at the door says to me, "Whatcha gonna order?" I said, "Maybe the oyster po ‘boy or the John G with Debris." He whispers in my ear, "Get the soft shell crab po’boy." So I did. I think it was the best sandwich I have ever eaten. Two HUGE soft shells with lettuce, tomato, sauce, on New Orleans French bread. Perfection!
Well,sometimes I’d eat out on their patio right over the water. But, you’re very likely right about me being older than you. Heck, I’m older than West Rock. I dug the cave the three judges hid out in.
By the way, Rafaelli’s had terrific lasagna, too.
Always ate in the dining room at Rafaelli’s. I’m not familiar with the order window. I hate to say it but you must be older than me.
It would be really neat if someone could post a photo of the old place.
You’re right about Stowes being not far from Bilco (a company owned by the guy who married my across-the-street neighbor’s daughter). But that’s where the Captain’s Galley was when I was last there. I gather, from what you said, that the Captain’s Galley moved.
Do you remember the stacks of fried softshells right at the order window in the front of Rafaelli’s — all of them with their eyes facing the customers? [:D]
Wow, Michael Hoffman….Raffaelli’s was where I first learned to eat them around 50 to 55 years ago. That was a great place in my memory, right on the water. They don’t make them like that around here anymore.
I didn’t know Stowes was where the Captains Galley is. I recall it was further east over by Bilco Door for a long time. Now they have the little place in the garage a few blocks west. They do the soft shells also and based on last year, are probably cheaper than anywhere else but I haven’t been there lately….too cold and wet to eat outside.
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