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Celebrate Soft-Shell Crab Season With These Epic Recipes

Quick, before the season ends!
06/07/2013 09:05am ET | Updated March 21, 2014

If you need another reason to start eating seafood this spring -- aside from these amazing clam recipes and lobster rolls -- we have got it. Soft-shell crabs are coming into season and we have a very limited amount of time to enjoy them.

If you haven't tried or even heard of soft shell crabs, consider this your lucky day. You've never had anything that tastes as perfectly fresh as these, with just the right amount of ocean saltiness. These crustaceans are the game changer of seafood.

Basically, soft-shell crabs are blue crabs that are shedding their shells -- making them a lot easier to eat. During the summer months when they're in season, restaurants serve them in all sorts of interesting ways. But we think you can make them ever better at home. Give it a shot with the recipes below.

1
Soft Shelled Crab With Pastured Butter, Lemon And Capers
Goldilocks Finds Manhattan
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2
Soft Shell Crab Pakora Po’ Boy
Perfect Morsel
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3
Waffles Maryland Style
Wild Greens And Sardines
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4
Panko-crusted Soft Shell Crab With Ginger Ponzu Sauce
Rasa Malaysia
5
Soft-Shell Crab Pasta
Wishful Chef
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6
Crispy Salt And Pepper Soft Shell Crab
Goldilocks Finds Manhattan
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7
Tempura Soft Shell Crab
The Hungry Excavator
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8
Cornmeal Crusted Soft Shell Crab With Buttermilk Apple And Chive Coleslaw
Pitchfork Diaries
9
Spicy Soft-Shell Crab
Nutmeg Nanny
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10
Crispy Soft-Shell Crabs With Pea Shoots & Orange-Sesame Emulsion
Zen Can Cook
11
Cornmeal-Crusted Fried Soft-Shell Crabs
Sassy Radish

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