Softshell Crabs Amandine
The crabs must be sautéed quickly and served immediately. This makes enough for one but is easy to multiply for more servings.
Total Timeunder 30 minutes
OccasionCooking for a date, Formal Dinner Party
Recipe Coursemain course
Dietary Considerationmain course
Taste and Texturebuttery, crisp, juicy, light, nutty, savory, tangy
- 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter
- ¼ cup sliced blanched almonds
- 2 or 3 small softshell crabs, cleaned
- Unbleached all-purpose flour, for dredging the crabs
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
- Lemon wedges, for garnish
Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the almonds and sauté, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
Meanwhile, dredge the crabs lightly with flour and shake off the excess. Melt the remaining butter in another skillet over medium-low heat; when it is hot and foaming, add the crabs.
Sauté the crabs over high heat, turning occasionally with tongs, until crisp and reddish-brown, about 5 minutes.
Transfer the crabs to a heated plate. Squeeze the lemon juice into the skillet and bring the butter and juices to a boil. Add the parsley, stir, and pour over the crabs.
Remove the almonds from their butter with a slotted spoon and sprinkle over the crabs. Garnish with the lemon wedges and serve immediately.
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 2007 Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins