The Outdoor Kitchen Show
Fried soft shell crabs
several soft shell crabs
1 pkg Gator Wing Batter
oil for frying
First, you've got to clean your crabs. Using kitchen shears, cut away the apron from the bottom of the crab. Gently lift each side of the top shell and cut away the gills by snipping them off at the base. Then cut the face off. Yeah, it's a bit nasty at first but it's not THAT bad. Throw away everything you cut off.
To make an egg white wash, separate the egg whites from the yolks (pitch the yolks) and put them in a bowl. Add a little milk or water (less than 1/4 cup). Whisk just to combine. Put the Gator Wing Batter in another bowl. Dust the cleaned crabs in the dry batter, then dip in the egg wash, then dredge in the dry batter again. Keep one hand dry and one hand "wet" to prevent breading your fingers.
When the oil is heated to 350 degrees, gently lay the battered crab UPSIDE DOWN into the grease. This will keep the oil from getting trapped under the top shell and then trying to explode out of it. Fry until golden brown - it only takes about 3 or 4 minutes, depending on the size of the crab.