Soft Shell Crab Sandwich

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 16 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 6 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Vegetable oil, for frying

3 large eggs

1 cup milk

1 cup beer

2 cups all-purpose flour

4 soft shell crabs, cleaned

4 sandwich buns, toasted

Tartar Sauce, for serving, recipe follows

Sliced tomato, for serving

Lettuce leaves, for serving

Tartar Sauce:

8 ounces mayonnaise

2 tablespoons horseradish, drained

1 cup sweet pickles, chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

3/4 cup lemon juice


  1. Heat about 3 inches of oil in a saucepan to about 400 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix eggs, milk and beer until creamy. Put flour in a separate bowl. Dip soft shell crabs into wet batter and then dip into flour. Drop battered crab into hot oil. Fry crab for 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Serve on buns, with tartar sauce, tomato and lettuce.

Tartar Sauce:

  1. Mix mayonnaise, horseradish, pickles, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Add lemon juice. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Yield: about 3 cups