Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine
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36 min
15 min
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20 min
4 servings


Cilantro-Lime Tartar Sauce:


Whisk together buttermilk, eggs, salt, and pepper and pour into a 3-quart shallow dish. Add crabs and soak, covered and chilled, for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Heat enough vegetable oil to measure 1-inch deep in a wide shallow skillet to very hot.

Whisk together flour and cornmeal and transfer to a large sealable plastic bag. Lift 1 crab out of buttermilk, letting excess drip off, and shake in bag to coat with flour. Knock off excess flour and transfer to a tray. Repeat with remaining crabs, arranging them in 1 layer as coated. Shallow-fry the crabs, 4 at a time, turning over halfway through frying (watch out for popping or use a frying screen), until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Reheat oil to very hot between batches. Drain crabs on paper towels and serve with tartar sauce.

Cilantro-Lime Tartar Sauce:

Stir together all sauce ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Cook's Note

If you can't find self-rising cake flour, you can use 1 cup all-purpose or cake flour mixed with 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

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