Soft-Shell Crab BLTs

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
How do you make a BLT even better? Top it with a soft-shell crab! Around here, the crab is fried in a batter made with Old Bay Seasoning, invented in Baltimore.



  1. Stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, horseradish, lemon juice, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning, until browned and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove to a paper towel–lined plate and break the slices in half.
  3. Whisk the flour and 1 tablespoon Old Bay in a shallow bowl. Season the crabs with salt and pepper, then dip the crabs in the seasoned flour to coat on both sides.
  4. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until foamy. Immediately add the crabs and cook, turning, until browned and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove to a paper towel–lined plate and sprinkle with more Old Bay.
  5. Assemble the sandwiches: Spread some of the mayonnaise mixture on 4 slices of toast. Top each with lettuce, tomato, some bacon and a crab. Spread the remaining mayonnaise mixture on the 4 other slices of toast and place on top of the sandwiches. Gently press down on each sandwich and cut in half. Serve with pickles.