We enjoyed these simple sandwiches at Watermen’s Inn in Crisfield, Maryland.

Yield: serves 1-2


  • 12 cup flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 cleaned softshell crabs
  • 4 slices white sandwich bread
  • Tartar Sauce
  • Bibb lettuce


  1. Season flour with salt and pepper in a shallow bowl or plate.
  2. Heat butter and oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Dredge crabs in flour, shake off excess, then panfry until brown and crisp, about 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Make up 2 sandwiches, using 1 crab per sandwich, 2 slices of bread, a little tartar sauce, and a leaf or two of bibb lettuce. Serve with additional tartar sauce.