Sheila's Sauteed Soft-Shell Crabs With Lemon Butter Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

When my boyfriend told me soft-shell crabs was one of his favorite dishes, I knew I was in trouble. I had never made them before, so I realized I was in for a long learning process. Well, I think I have finally mastered it. As a matter of fact, when we were recently out to dinner, he ordered some soft-shell crabs and then proclaimed (with surprise) that they weren't near as good as mine! So, I will share my success with you.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In Ziploc bag, add flour and Old Bay seasoning. Seal and shake to mix.
  2. In bowl, combine eggs and milk.
  3. Dredge crabs in egg mixture, then add to seasoned flour and shake to coat. Shake off excess when removing from bag.
  4. Heat 3 T. oil in large saute pan or skillet over medium heat. Add 3 crabs in a single layer and cook for about 3 minutes, then turn and cook for another 3 minutes. The crabs should be nice and golden brown. (Be careful when cooking, because they sometimes will pop and/or spatter.) Remove crabs to serving dish.
  5. Heat remaining 3 T. oil in pan, then add the next 3 crabs and repeat cooking instructions.
  6. Do not clean out pan when crabs are removed, but add butter. Let the butter melt and turn a little brown. Add the capers and the wine. Cook for about 1 minute, then add the lemon juice and the parsley. Cook for about 2 more minutes, or until reduced by about a third. Pour sauce over the crabs and serve.


Most Helpful

Soft-shell crabs are just about my favorite thing to eat. I have them in the freezer year round ( This recipe is delicious! Great idea using the Old Bay seasoning with the flour. It gave it a nice crust. And the lemons, wine and capers are absolutely wonderful with the crab. Great job!

susie cooks November 14, 2008

Oh man, these are awesome! This was my first attempt at doing soft shell crabs myself and I was surprised at how easy they actually are. These are just mouth watering delicious! Thanks for posting this recipe and taking the fear out of soft shell crabs!

KLBoyle May 25, 2011

Fried soft-shell crabs and frog legs--a Loooooooouisiana tradition! Made for ZWT5

gailanng June 03, 2009

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