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    Grilled Soft-Shell Crabs With Old Bay Tartar Sauce

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    38 mins

    30 mins

    8 mins

    ratherbeswimmin''s Note:

    Steven Raichlen

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    Old Bay Tartar Sauce


    1. 1
      Make the sauce: add mayonnaise, peppers, capers, pickles, lemon juice, chives, tarragon, mustard, and Old Bay seasoning to a bowl; whisk to mix.
    2. 2
      Season to taste with black pepper; sauce can be refrigerated, covered, for at least 1 week; bring to room temperature before serving.
    3. 3
      The crabs: melt the butter in a small saucepan over med-high heat.
    4. 4
      Add in garlic, shallot, and Old Bay seasoning; cook until the garlic and shallot have lost their rawness, about 2 minutes; they should be soft and translucent; do not let them brown; set flavored butter aside.
    5. 5
      Set up grill for direct grilling; preheat to high.
    6. 6
      When ready to cook brush and oil the grill grate; brush the crabs on both sides with some of the flavored butter.
    7. 7
      Place the crabs on the hot grate and grill until cooked through, about 2-4 minutes per side, basting with some of the flavored butter.
    8. 8
      When done, the shells will turn bright red.
    9. 9
      Brush the bread slices with the remaining flavored butter and grill them as well, about 1 minute per side.
    10. 10
      To serve: slather the toast with some of the Old Bay Tartar Sauce; place a lettuce leaf, a few tomato slices, and 2 soft-shell crabs on top.
    11. 11
      Serve with the remaining tartar sauce on the side.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 24, 2008


      I'm sure the crabs are really good, because honestly, how can soft shell crabs be bad? But, I didn't try them. I did make the Old Bay tartar sauce though and thought it was one of the best tartar sauces I have ever tasted. It's tangy, spicy and full of flavor. I used fresh tarragon and thought it was perfect with the other ingredients. I did use less Old Bay as it's a little much for me sometimes, but what I did use was great.

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    Nutritional Facts for Grilled Soft-Shell Crabs With Old Bay Tartar Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (156 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 474.7
    Calories from Fat 338
    Total Fat 37.6 g
    Saturated Fat 16.8 g
    Cholesterol 104.0 mg
    Sodium 734.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 25.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
    Sugars 4.6 g
    Protein 10.9 g

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    Old Bay Seasoning


    Old Bay Seasoning

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