Jumbo Soft Shell Crabs
Blue crabs go through a molting shredding on their outer shell, leaving a delicate soft shell crab that is exploding with flavor. There are several methods for preparing jumbo soft shell crabs, you can bake, saute, deep fry, or pan fry. Other ways of cooking will give equally tasty results. Soft shell crabs from Anderson Seafoods are cleaned, individually wrapped, frozen, and ready for preparation.
Soft shell crabs are an east coast tradition; out west, the crab is not harvested in its soft stage. The soft crab industry began during the 1870s in Crisfield, Maryland, and today, the shell crab represents a major Chesapeake Bay commercial effort.
The delectable soft shell crab must be caught right after it has molted. If left in the water, its shell will begin to harden in about two hours. Live soft shell blue crabs are available from late spring to early fall, with May through August the most productive months. Frozen soft shell crabs are available year-round.
As the availability of crab increases during the summer, prices drop. You may wish to buy soft shell crabs in bulk when the price is low and keep them for future use. If so, clean and wrap them individually before storing them in the freezer. This can easily be accomplished by wrapping the cleaned crab with its legs folded under its body.
Each bag contains 4 x 2.6 oz jumbo soft crabs fully dressed and ready for cooking.
Blue crab delivery from Anderson Seafoods has never been so easy or tasted so good! With just a few clicks, you can buy soft shell crabs online and have them delivered to your doorstep.
How to properly defrost frozen seafood: We recommend that all frozen seafood be defrosted by placing the product in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours, depending upon the density. Never force thaw a product by running it under water, hot or cold (it can cook the product). Not only does this reduce the flavor, but it is also a health hazard.