Flash Fried Soft Shell Crabs with Garlic Tomatillo Sauce

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
1 hr
20 min


  • 20 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon blackening spice
  • 2 1/2 tomatillos
  • 1 1/2 bunch scallions
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 ounces extra virgin olive oil
  • 9 soft shell crabs, cleaned
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 bunch arugula, washed and drained
  • 2 ounces black beans cooked
  • 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 tablespoon chives
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • In a large saute pan, over medium high heat, saute the garlic cloves in olive oil with the blackening spices. Place tomatillos, scallions, 1 clove of garlic, cilantro, jalapeno, and salt and pepper in a food processor and puree. Set aside.

  • In a large bowl whisk together lime juice and extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

  • Place crabs in deep glass dish and pour milk over them. In an another dish place flour and dredge the crabs through to cover.

  • In a large saute pan, over high heat, saute crabs until golden brown and crisp.

  • Remove crabs and drain on paper towels.

  • Mix black beans, arugula, and vinaigrette and season; portion mixture equally on plates. Top bean mixture with a crab and drizzle with garlic tomatillo sauce. Garnish with sliced red onions, avocado, chives, and spiced garlic cloves.

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