Shallow-Fried Soft-Shell Crabs


Preparation info
  • serve

    3 or 4

    people as a main course
    • Difficulty


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By Irene Kuo

Published 1977

  • About

These crusty crabs, flavored with a subtly sweet and sour sauce, would serve 3 or 4 people as a main course with some Stir-fried Green Beans or Lima Beans and a green salad.


  • 4 large or 6 medium-sized soft-shell crabs
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 6 table



Have the fishman clean and quarter the crabs, removing the spongy gills under the shells. Coat each quarter with cornstarch. Combine the sauce seasonings and mix until the sugar is dissolved. Add the scallions and ginger and the cornstarch mixture and stir well.


Heat a large, heavy skill