Four different yet delicious ways to prepare soft shell crabs

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike McGonigle, owner of McGonigle's Market visited the FOX 4 morning show to demonstrate a few ways to make soft shell crabs.

Deep Fried Soft Crabs 

• Soft Crabs
• Egg Whites
• All Purpose Flour Seasoned with Salt and Pepper

Directions: Prepare batter by whisking egg whites and water (50 percent egg whites and 50 percentwater.). Mix flour with
salt and pepper (for about 2 lbs. of flour, mix in 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper and 1/2
teaspoon white pepper). Sift flour afer seasoning.
Dip crabs in batter, drain, then lightly dredge in seasoned flour. Shake to remove excess flour.
Deep fry at 350°F for 3 minutes until lightly brown and crispy. Turn crabs often.

Soft Crab Sauté

• Soft Crabs
• Clarified Butter
• All Purpose Flour Seasoned with Salt and Pepper
• 1 Clove Garlic
• Fresh Lemon or Lime

Directions: Lightly dredge the crabs in seasoned flour. Heat butter in skillet. Add garlic and sauté 1-2
minutes. Remove garlic and add crabs. Cook about 3 minutes on each side or until lightly
browned. Squeeze a small amount of fresh lemon or lime juice over the crabs. Serve at once.

Grilled Soft Crabs

• Soft Crabs
• Seafood Marinade(see below)

Directions: Liberally baste bottom side of crabs with marinade and carefully place, bottom side down, on
open grill. Grill over slow fire for 5 minutes. Liberally baste top of crabs with marinade, turn
carefully, and grill 5 minutes more.

Seafood Marinade

1 cup salad oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon tarragon leaves
1 teaspoon lemon & pepper seasoning
1/8 teaspoon lemon bits (or 1 teaspoon lemon juice)
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder.

Tempura Soft Crabs

• Soft Crabs
• 1 Egg
• 2 Cups Flour
• Tempura Sauce (see below)

Directions: Beat well one egg and one cup cold water with ice cubes. Add to 2 cups of flour. Mix gently. Dip
crabs in batter. Fry in oil at 350° F. Serve with Tempura Sauce.

Tempura Sauce

1 cup water
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 drop of white wine
1 small amount of white raddish

Directions: Heat sauce and serve warm.

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