How to dress (clean) a soft-shell crab

Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009

1. With sharp scissors or kitchen shears, cut across the soft-shell crab's "face," removing the eyes and mouth. If a translucent-looking membrane is visible just inside the newly made opening, remove it.

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In these images, Mack Ade demonstrates the steps involved in cleaning a soft-shell crab. For the uninitiated, the process can get off to a daunting start as the soft-shell crab's "face" is cut off, followed by the removal of its "lungs," and "apron flap." For best flavor, clean soft-shell crabs just prior to cooking.

2. Lift the pointed ends on each side of the top of the crab and remove the spongy, fibrous gills.

3. Turn the soft-shell on its back and pull or snip off the "apron flap."



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