What to do When You Have Crabs!

Yep, I’m thinking THAT got your attention didn’t it?! However, if you are looking for juicy gossip you’ll have to look elsewhere. Because when I say what to do when you have crabs…I mean the soft shell kind!

The Fashion Mister and I spent the day down in Williamstown, across the bay from Melbourne. We went to watch the young man we had sponsored at our football team for 5 years, play against our second string team. If you’re not familiar with the footy ground at Williamstown, it is absolutely right on the edge of the coastline with a bit of a view back toward Melbourne.

Cameron Wood at Williamstown

Cameron Wood at Williamstown

Williamstown Oval

Williamstown Oval

Usually, footy at this ground is tough going for fans because of the wind and often the rain. Luckily, today we managed to keep from freezing. I had promised Cameron I would cheer for him not Collingwood but The Fashion Mister and RaRa cheered for the Mighty Magpies.

Williamstown won.

As a treat for braving the cold, when we got home I made, for the first time ever, soft-shell crab for The Fashion Mister. The photos aren’t so great but the crab was pretty darn good if I do say so myself!



  • 4 soft-shell crabs
  • 1 egg
  • milk
  • flour
  • salt and pepper
  • oil


  1. We have a deep fryer – so I turned it to 190 C and let it heat up while preparing the crabs.
  2. Using kitchen shears, cut off the eyes and face of the crab (if you leave them they are bitter).
  3. Turn crab upside down, lift the apron and snip it off with the shears (the male apron is thinner and more pointed, the female apron is larger and more rounded).
  4. Turn right side up and lift one side of the shell – remove the gills (also called dead mans fingers – they are inedible). Then repeat on the other side.
  5. Place flour in one bowl – add salt and pepper to taste (you can also add a bit of dried chilli if you want to make it spicy).
  6. Crack egg into second bowl and add a small amount of milk – mix well.
  7. Dust and coat the crab in the flour, then into the egg mixture and then back into the flour.
  8. Place crabs into the oil and cook for 7-10 minutes.
  9. Drain on paper towel
  10. Serve with a salad and some aioli. One crab each as an entrée or The Fashion Mister and I split them for a main!

Sorry the pics aren’t very clear. There were a few of removing the gills to show you how but they were impossible to see. If you’ve never prepared soft-shell crab, just have a look online, that’s what I did!

They turned out great. AND, we have four more for another night!

Highly recommend opening a nice Sauvignon blanc to go with.




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