Crisp Sauteed Soft-Shell Crabs
These crisp sauteed soft-shell crabs go perfectly with Israeli Couscous Salad with Grilled Summer Vegetables, two recipes from chef Alfred Portale.
- 12 medium soft-shell crabs
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup rice flakes (also known as poha)
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Coarse salt and freshly ground white pepper
- 6 tablespoons canola oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Clean crabs by cutting or pulling off the apron that folds under the rear of the crab. Using scissors, snip off the 'face' just behind the eyes. Clean out the gills located on either side of the crab and rinse under cold water. Pat dry and set aside.
In a shallow dish, mix together whole egg, yolk, and flour to create a paste. Place 1/2 cup rice flakes in the bowl of a small food processor and process to a coarse powder. Transfer ground rice flakes to a shallow dish along with remaining rice flakes, cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; stir to combine. Lightly brush the top of each crab with the paste mixture and then coat with the rice flake mixture.
Divide oil between two ovenproof 12-inch skillets and heat over high heat. Add 6 crabs, shell side down, to each skillet and cook until crisp, about 4 minutes. Turn crabs and transfer skillets to oven. Roast crabs until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.