Ginger Panko Soft-shell Crabs

Posted by Unknown Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Taste Level: GR
Cost: $20 and under
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10-15 min.
Cook Time: 10-15 min.
Difficulty: 1

More Soft-shells! We are starting to run low on Soft-shell crabs or are we? In my previous Soft-shell post I said we bought a dozen soft-shells... Well it appears we purchased 30 Soft-shells. That means we got one heck of a deal on them! I think maybe they gave us the wrong box, either way we are up to our ankles in Soft-shells and I am running out of ideas on how to cook them. So I am taking old ideas and making them new! I really wish I would have photographed these after putting some Sriracha sauce over them. The red drizzled lines really made everything look great. I hope you enjoy!

4 Soft-shell crabs
2 eggs
3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp essence
1/4 tsp Chinese 5 spice
24 fl oz peanut oil
Sriracha (optional)
Romaine lettuce for bed (optional)

Dressing (optional)
1 tsp shallots (diced)
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp red chili flakes

Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl and chill until ready to use.

Heat oil over medium high heat until 375 degrees in a medium sauce pan.

Whisk eggs together with ginger, essence and 5 spice until smooth.

Pat crabs dry with paper towels (may take a few repeats until dry.) Dip crabs into egg mixture and then roll in Panko until coated well. Repeat with all crabs. Immediately add crabs to oil and cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.

Create a bed for the crabs using romaine, lay crabs over lettuce, drizzle with dressing and Sriracha (if using.) Enjoy!


  1. CDC Says:
  2. Yum! some questions - where can I find the chinese 5 spice (ive looked for it before at my local stop and shop) and also, is it hard to find/make the soft crabs?

  3. Unknown Says:
  4. We have only been able to find it at Asian Markets. Soft-shell crabs are not to hard to find. They are just seasonal. Ask your seafood counter when they usually get them in and have them put you on a call list. I have also ordered them packed in dry ice online. It cost a little bit more to get them that way but sometimes you have to treat yourself!


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