Soft Shell Crab Sandwich with Harissa Aioli

Try this seasonal Soft Shell Crab Sandwich With Harissa Aioli this spring or summer
Soft Shell Crab Sandwich with Harissa Aioli

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Soft Shell Crab Sandwich with Harissa Aioli

Soft shell crabs are an east coast delicacy only available during the warmer months. Their crispy texture and rich flavor match up well against the dynamic spices and heat of the harissa aioli. — Courtesy of David Seigal, Executive Chef of Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar

4
Servings
3620
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6 Cups canola oil
  • 4 jumbo soft shell crabs, cleaned
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 Cup harissa sauce
  • 3/4 Cups mayonnaise
  • 4 Portuguese buns (can substitute potato buns or soft sandwich bread)
  • 1 head of Boston lettuce, outer leaves removed
  • 1/2 Cup pickle chips (can substitute with your preferred pickled vegetable)
  • Salt, to taste

Directions

Add canola oil to a high-walled pot and bring to 375 degrees F.

Dredge the crabs through the flour, shaking them to remove any excess flour, and gently place them one by one into the cooking oil.

Allow the crabs to cook on one side for 3 minutes, then carefully flip each crab and cook on the other side for an additional 2 minutes.

Once the crabs are crisp, remove them from the oil and allow them to drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Season the crabs immediately with salt.

Mix the harissa and mayonnaise in a bowl and then spread the aioli onto both sides of the buns.

Place lettuce and pickles on the bottom of each of the buns, then top with crabs and serve.

Soft Shell Crab Shopping Tip

Seafood shopping is quite easy in the general sense. Rule of thumb: if it smells fishy, don't buy. Fresh seafood should smell mild and more like the ocean and sea water rather than fish.

Soft Shell Crab Cooking Tip

Looking for a quick mid-week dinner? Seafood is a safe bet. It's quick to cook and simple recipes can get dinner on the table in 20 minutes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
364g
100%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
30g
100%
Cholesterol
33mg
11%
Protein
17g
34%
Carbs
81g
27%
Vitamin A
100µg
11%
Vitamin B12
2µg
32%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
7.2%
Vitamin C
8mg
13%
Vitamin E
58mg
100%
Vitamin K
276µg
100%
Calcium
101mg
10%
Fiber
4g
16%
Folate (food)
71µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
312µg
78%
Folic acid
142µg
N/A
Iron
6mg
31%
Magnesium
46mg
12%
Monounsaturated
216g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
7mg
35%
Phosphorus
195mg
28%
Polyunsaturated
113g
N/A
Potassium
405mg
12%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.6mg
32.8%
Sodium
1345mg
56%
Thiamin (B1)
0.8mg
54.6%
Trans
1g
N/A
Zinc
2mg
12%