Soft-shell crabs

Preparation time
less than 30 mins
Cooking time
10 to 30 mins
Serves 2


By Nigel Slater
From A Taste of My Life


  • 300ml/½ pint vegetable oil, for deep frying
  • 8 soft-shell crabs
  • 100g/3½oz plain flour
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Pour the vegetable oil into a large pan and heat until a small cube of bread turns golden-brown in 30 seconds. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)
  2. Place the flour in a dish and add salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  3. Roll the crabs in the seasoned flour and shake off the excess.
  4. Carefully add the crabs to the hot oil and deep fry until golden-brown and crisp. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Serve immediately.