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Louisiana Crawfish & Soft Shell Crab over Angel Hair Pasta

This recipe is one of my favorite recipes to cook with my husband. It’s a  delicious dish full of flavor using Louisiana crawfish and soft shell crabs. Our family and friends request this recipe at all our family functions during crawfish season.
Seafood, Pasta, Seafood Pasta ,Crawfish, Crabs, Soft Shell Crabs
You could make this recipe without the Soft Shell Crabs if you wanted. The recipe feeds four people without the  Soft Shell Crabs and two people with the crabs unless you double the recipe.
2 – Fresh Soft Shell Crabs
 Crawfish Tails 1 lb.
Flour mixture of your choice
(we use 1 16 oz. bag of  Louisiana Seasoned Crispy Chicken Fry)
Cooking Oil
8 oz. Pack of Angel Hair Pasta
1/2 Cup Milk
1 Stick of Butter
2 – tablespoons of Mustard
2 Eggs
Salt & Pepper to your liking (we use a little cayenne pepper)
3/4 cup of Whipping Cream (plus 1- tablespoon cornstarch)
1/2  teaspoon Cornstarch
1/2 cup Fresh Parsley
1/2 Cup Green Onions (plus Optional: 1/2 cup Onions
for garnishing
2 Teaspoons Minced Garlic
How to:
Clean Soft Shell Crabs (remove the eyes, mouth & lungs) I know it sounds horrible. That’s the reason my husband does this step. I was even unsure about writing this step.
Make a Milk Bath  (from our Ingredient list) using 1/2 Cup Milk, two tablespoons mustard, and two eggs. Whisk together in a bowl.
Place Soft Shell Crabs in the Milk Bath then put crabs in the refrigerator. Next, boil your Pasta, once cooked drained and set aside.


While the Pasta is Cooking, melt the one stick of butter in a Pan. Once the butter melts stir in the parsley, green onions, and minced garlic. Saute 2-3 minutes.
Stir in the Crawfish tails, cook over low heat for 5 minutes just enough to get the crawfish hot.
( Now go heat up your Oil in Fryer )
While the oil is heating up add 3/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream to the pan with the Crawfish (do not let this boil) mix 1/2 teaspoon Cornstarch to 1 tablespoon Whipping Cream in a   bowl. Add to Crawfish Sauce to thicken, stirring until sauce is warm and thickens. Place a lid on the pot and remove from the burner.
Next and final stage before plating and eating. Make sure the grease heats to 350 degrees. Get the Soft Shell Crabs out of the Fridge. Open the Louisiana Chicken Fry or use flour mixture pour into a bowl.
Evenly coat both sides of the Soft Shell Crabs with the Louisiana Chicken Fry or Flour Mixture that you have chosen to use.
Using tongs take your Soft Shell Crab and hold the legs down into the oil only frying the legs, cooking the crabs one at a time.
Flip the Soft Shell Crab over and let it cook in the oil until it floats to the top. Remove and place on a plate lined with paper towels.
I removed my paper towels for the pictures.
Almost Done!
Place some pasta onto each plate and place a Soft Shell Crab on top of the Pasta, spoon some of the Crawfish Sauce over the pasta and crab. *Optional: garnish with the reminding green onions.
You can sprinkle a little Cayenne Pepper over the Soft Shell Crab dish before serving if you want.
 Bonus Recipes:
Louisiana Crab Boil recipe here.
Pan-Fried Speckled Trout with Creamy Crawfish Sauce here.
Louisiana Crawfish Boil recipe here. 
Cajun Crawfish Ball recipe here.

Bon Appetit!!! 

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Kim Seghers is a Mom of three and the creator of This Ole Mom blog, a family and lifestyle site. Kim is passionate about sharing her love for cooking, crafting, traveling, and family fun. In hope to inspire others.

This article has 18 comments

  1. Christy Hoover

    This looks so good, Kim! I had to show my husband his next meal 😉 would you happen to be from Louisiana?

    • This Ole Mom

      Yes Mam ! Born & raised! Thank you Christy !!
      Where are ya'll at ?
      Thanks for stopping by!!

    • Christy Hoover

      I was born and raised Baton Rouge. My husband is from Natchitoches. Currently, the army has us at Fort Polk! We have got to meet up one time!

    • KimSeghers

      Hello Christy, We have more in common than you think ..LOL! I use to be an Army wife! We use to live at Ft. Hood! Now, I am living back in Louisiana not too far from you!

  2. Christy Hoover

    Oh wow! That is cool!

  3. Terri K, Lafayette

    When I saw that beautiful plate of seafood I KNEW you were from Louisiana. I'm hoping to prepare this meal soon although I am intimidated by the cleaning of the crabs since I have never done it. Thank you so much for sharing it. The pictures were fabulous. I'm really hungry now!

    • KimSeghers

      Thank you Terri! Don't let cleaning the crabs intimidate you . It's not as hard as it sounds. I guess I can say that because I always have my husband to that step. This is one my favorite seafood dishes I think you'll love it. Yes , born and raised in South, Louisiana!

      Have a wonderful weekend,

  4. Angie LaPrime

    I will definitely be trying this recipe. It looks yummy! I am from Louisiana as well. I live in the Lake Charles area. I catch, clean & cook crabs quite often & I'm always looking for new ways to prepare them. Nice meeting you 🙂

    • KimSeghers

      Hi Angie , nice to meet you, too! I love the Lake Charles area. I use to go that way a lot. You should try these for sure if you love eating soft shell crabs and crawfish . I think you'll love this recipe. Thank you for leaving a comment. Have a lovely day ! Kim

  5. Danica R

    Looks sooo delicious Kim! I love it!

  6. Kim

    Wow, Kim, this looks AMAZING!

    • Kim Seghers

      Thank you Kim! It was featured in a magazine. I have forgotten about this recipe.
      I don’t think I posted it before. Have a Happy Easter, Kim

  7. Jeanie Guynes

    Just ran across your post. Looks amazing. I live near Covington, LA. I do the crawfish topping on fried catfish. It is a favorite of all the pastors I fix it for .I think I may surprise my family with this one.

    • Kim Seghers

      Thank you, Jeanie, for taking the time out of your day to visit my site. I live not too far from you.
      I bet your catfish dish is delicious. I hope you like my recipe if you decide to try it. If you have any questions, please
      don’t hesitate to send me a message. Have a lovely evening, Kim

  8. Bee

    I read this recipe post hours ago. Now, I sit at 11:50pm and crave it like an animal. Thanks a lot, KIM! 🙂 One of these days I’ll have to brave up and do this. When I have more space, that is.

    • Kim Seghers

      I am sorry Bee your craving this recipe! lol My softshell crab recipe is one of my favorites. I hope you get a larger space soon!!
      You could actually do this recipe outdoors with a fry daddy and hot plate. Have a great week, Kim

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