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How to Clean a Soft-Shell Crab

By Samantha Seneviratne, Associate Food Editor/Stylist

March 1st, 2010

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.

Video: Juli Roberts demonstrates how to kill and clean soft-shell crabs

Recipe: Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches with Spicy Tartar Sauce.

step pne   Step one: Rinse the crab under cold running water.
step two   Step two: 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.
step three   Step three: Lift up the tapered points on each side of the top shell to reveal the gills. Pull out and discard them.
step four   Step four: Turn the crab over and pull off the bottom part of the shell, called the apron.

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