How to Clean Softshell Crab

Softshell Crab

Softcrab Cleaning Step 1

Remove the softshell crab from the refrigerator or ice bath. If very cold, you will see little movement.

 

Softcrab Cleaning Step 2

Flip back the shell to expose the gills.

 

Softcrab Cleaning Step 3

Pull away the gills and discard. Repeat the procedure on the other side of the shell.

 

Softcrab Cleaning Step 4

Turn the softshell crab to expose its underside. Pull back the apron.

 

Softcrab Cleaning Step 5

Twist the apron and pull it away from the softshell crab’s body. Discard.

 

Softcrab Cleaning Step 6

Using kitchen shears or a knife, cut away the eyes and mouth.

 

Softcrab Cleaning Step 7

The crab is now ready to be fried, sautéed, broiled or grilled.

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