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Sautéed Soft-Shell Crabs with Lime Mayonnaise


  • 8 soft-shell crabs, cleaned
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter

Prepare Lime Mayonnaise and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, pepper and paprika. Lightly dredge crabs in the mixture and gently shake off excess.

Heat oil in a large skillet to 350° F. Add butter and melt. Add lime juice and mix. Place crabs in a skillet, top down. Cook until reddish-brown for about 4 minutes. Gently turn crabs over and cook until done, about 4 more minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve with lime mayonnaise.

Lime Mayonnaise

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest

In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lime juice, cayenne, salt and lime zest. Set aside for flavors to blend. Serve with cooked crabs.

Contributed by Joyce Taylor MM2