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
3157
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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
310g
100%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
34g
100%
Cholesterol
19mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
86g
66%
Protein
17g
37%
Vitamin A, RAE
7µg
1%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
218µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
44mg
4%
Choline, total
30mg
7%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
196µg
49%
Iron, Fe
6mg
33%
Magnesium, Mg
31mg
10%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
7mg
50%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
178mg
25%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
42µg
76%
Sodium, Na
206mg
14%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
62g
2%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

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.