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Course: main course
Total time: under 30 minutes
Skill level: Moderate
Cost: Moderate
Yield: 1 portion
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The crabs must be sautéed quickly and served immediately. This makes enough for one but is easy to multiply for more servings.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

1. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the almonds and sauté, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.

2. 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.

3. Sauté the crabs over high heat, turning occasionally with tongs, until crisp and reddish-brown, about 5 minutes.

4. 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.

5. Remove the almonds from their butter with a slotted spoon and sprinkle over the crabs. Garnish with the lemon wedges and serve immediately.

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Nutrients per serving

Nutritional information is based on using 3 crabs and 1/4 cup of flour for dredging.

863kcal (43%)
152mg (15%)
23mg (38%)
616mcg RAE (21%)
478mg
93mg
19g
2g
4g
19g
232mg (77%)
199mg (8%)
45g (224%)
81g (125%)
3mg (14%)