13 Soft-Shell Crab Recipes to Eat Before Summer Is Over
The first time you’re served soft-shell crab, you might be alarmed when you see it sitting, claws, legs, and all, tucked inside a po’ boy roll or presented on your plate with nary a crab cracker in sight. But there’s no need to fear, because as their name indicates, these li’l guys don’t have the tooth-breaking hard exterior you have to deal with in the crustacean recipes you’re used to eating. They’re a delicacy served only in the summer, when crabs go through molting season — these are caught just after they shed, and before a new shell starts to grow. Celebrate their sweet, succulent flavor and ease of eating at your next summer party; it’s hard to beat light seafood dinners on hot nights. These 15 recipes take all the guesswork out of your soon-to-be obsession with soft-shell crabs.