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Fried Soft Shell Crab with Crawfish Sauce

Fried Soft Shell Crabs With Crawfish Sauce

  • Author: Kim Seghers
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


Fried Soft Shell Crabs With Creamy Crawfish Sauce. 



For Crabs:

  • 2 thawed and cleaned soft-shell crabs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Slap Ya Mama Fish Fry 
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 5 cups of oil for frying, or more

For Crawfish Sauce: 

  • 1 pound peeled crawfish tails
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup green onions 
  • 1/2 cup parsley 


Parsley and Slap Ya Mama for garnishing 

Cooked Pasta for plating


For Fried Soft Shell Crabs: 

  1. Clean soft shell crabs, remove eyes, mouth, apron, gills, and lungs.
  2. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees. 
  3. Make a milk bath with the milk, mustard, and eggs. Whisk together in a bowl. 
  4. In a separate bowl mix together the flour and Slap ya Mama Fish Fry.
  5. Coat the crabs in the flour mixture, dip the crabs in the milk bath, then back into the flour mixture again.
  6. Place crabs one at a time legs first into the oil. Cook each crab 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Carefully remove and place crabs on a wire rack. Using a wire rack keeps the crabs crisper than using paper towels. 

For Crawfish Sauce: 

  1. In a cast iron skillet or heavy pan melt 1 stick of butter.
  2. Stir in minced garlic, green onions, and parsley. Saute for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add crawfish tails let cook on low heat for 5 minutes until crawfish is heated through.
  4. Whisk in heavy whipping cream, stir until the sauce is warm and thickens. Remove from heat.
  5. If sauce isn’t thick enough add a little cornstarch. 

For plating:

Put some pasta on the center of a plate. Place a soft shell crab on top of pasta. Spoon some crawfish sauce over crab and pasta. Garnish with parsley and some Slap Ya Mama seasoning or Old Bay. 


You can use store bought crawfish tails. Also, you may substitute shrimp for the crawfish.

  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Cajun

Keywords: soft shell crabs, crawfish, pasta, cajun