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How to Clean Soft-Shell-Crab

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How to Clean Soft-Shell-Crab

 

It’s a sure sign of spring when you start to see soft-shell-crab in the market.

 

How to Clean Soft-Shell-CrabHow to Clean Soft-Shell-CrabWhenever possible, soft-shell crabs should be purchased alive so they’re at their freshest. Store live soft-shells uncovered in the fridge on ice for no more than one day.

 

How to Clean Soft-Shell-Crab

Step 1: Rinse the crab under cold running water.

 

How to Clean Soft-Shell-Crab

Step 2: Using a pair of poultry shears, quickly cut off the front of the crab about 1/4 inch behind the eyes. This kills the crab.

 

How to Clean Soft-Shell-Crab

Step 3: Lift up the tapered points on each side of the top shell to reveal the gills.

Pull out and discard them.

 

How to Clean Soft-Shell-Crab

Step 4: Turn the crab over and pull off the bottom part of the shell, called the apron.

 


 

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