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Soft-Shell Crabs with Garlic Sauce


  • 12 soft-shell crabs, cleaned
  • 1 cup Bisquick or other baking mix
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon pressed garlic
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Mix Bisquick, cayenne and black pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge crabs until coated. Gently shake off excess. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place crabs upside down in pan and cook until golden brown about 4 to 5 minutes. Turn crabs over and repeat. Remove to warm platter.

Add garlic to skillet and stir quickly. Add lemon juice. Scrape up pan deposits. Pour sauce over crabs and sprinkle with parsley.

Contributed by Joyce Taylor  From: Mariner’s Menu: 30 Years of Fresh Seafood Ideas


Blue crabs have several larval stages called zoea and then molting to a megalopa stage.

Erika Young, Coastal and Marine Education Specialist