Softshell Crab Sandwiches

  • Serves

    serves 1-2

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


  • 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


Step 1

Season flour with salt and pepper in a shallow bowl or plate.

Step 2

Heat butter and oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 3

Dredge crabs in flour, shake off excess, then panfry until brown and crisp, about 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels.

Step 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.

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