It’s a sure
sign of spring when you start to see soft-shell-crab in the market.
Whenever 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.
Step 1: Rinse the crab under cold running
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
Step 3: Lift up the tapered points on each side
of the top shell to reveal the gills.
Pull out and discard them.
Step 4: Turn the crab over and pull off the
bottom part of the shell, called the apron.