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How to make a soft shell crab po'boy sandwich. As seen on Taste of

Soft Shell Crab Sandwich

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 sandwich 1x
  • Category: Main Dish, Seafood
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to prepare, fry and assemble this Soft Shell Crab Sandwich. Call it a Po’Boy if you like, but there’s nothing poor about the flavor of a soft shell crab. It’s much easier to do than you might think.



  • 2 Soft Shell Crabs, cleaned
  • 1 cup Self-Rising Flour
  • ½ cup Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning (optional)
  • Sub rolls, French Bread, or bread of choice.
  • Oil for frying


Prepare the coating mix first.

  1. In a large bowl, add flour.
  2. Add yellow corn meal.
  3. Add salt.
  4. Add black pepper.
  5. Add Old Bay seasoning, if desired.
  6. Whisk together well. Set aside.

Prepare the crabs.

  1. Rinse the crabs under cool running water.
  2. Be sure to rinse under the flaps of the shell, removing any gills that might be attached.
  3. Pierce the air sack in the middle of the crab body. Gently squeeze to remove any water.
  4. Place crabs in a bowl of water.
  5. Remove one at a time, shaking off excess water.
  6. Dredge in flour mixture, coating both sides and all claws well with flour.
  7. Shake off excess flour.
  8. Dip in water, shake off excess.
  9. Dredge again in the flour. Shake off excess.
  10. Heat about ½ inch canola oil in a skillet until hot enough for frying.
  11. Gently lower the crab into the pan. Separate the legs for more even frying.
  12. Let fry for about 3 minutes each side, turning when golden brown on the bottom.
  13. When done, remove from oil and drain on a piece of brown paper bag or wire rack.

Assemble your sandwich.

  1. Spread a layer of tartar sauce on the bottom half of your bread.
  2. Add sliced tomatoes.
  3. Add shredded lettuce.
  4. Top with fried soft shell crab.
  5. Enjoy!

Keywords: soft shell crab sandwich, po' boy, seafood, blue crab, made from scratch, southern