How to Clean a Soft
By Renee Shelton
a pair of kitchen scissors and cut off the crab's head about 1/4 inch
from behind the eyes. Reach inside the crab at the cut opening and
gently grab the stomach out, or squeeze the stomach out.
the crab upside down and pry the flap (apron or tail flap) up and
down. The intestinal vein is attached to this. Pull flap gently from
the body, bringing the intestinal vein with it. Discard both.
crab right side up and gently lift off top of shell by the pointy
ends on one half (do not remove, just lift up one end).
back and scrape off the filmy gill filaments. Discard. Fold back the
top shell and proceed with other side of crab.
Blue Crab - Soft Shell Crab Image above courtesy FishStockPhoto.com.
Shelton is the owner of this site, runs the fishing chef blog, and is the Fishing Editor for the 2nd largest women's website on the internet, BellaOnline.com. Keep up with her at her blog Sand and Succotash. Her book Basic Fish Cooking Methods: A No Frills Guide for Preparing Fresh Fish is available on Amazon.
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