How to Make Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab

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Feb. 25, 2015

Send your taste buds soaring with this amazing deep fried soft shell crab dish. Chef Rich Harris shows you how to cook up mouthwatering crunchy crabs, served up with an aromatic fiery dipping sauce. It's a recipe that will impress all who try it!


Soft shell crab 8
Corn flour 1 Ounce
Plain flour 1 Ounce
Vegetable oil 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Spring onion 1 Bunch (100 gm) , chop
Red chilli 1 , finely chopped
Peeled garlic cloves 2
Green birds eye chilies 2 , slice
Kecap manis 1 Tablespoon
Salt 4 Tablespoon
Lime 1 , juiced



Put finely chopped red chilli and a peeled clove of garlic into a pestle and mortar. 

Gradually add salt and pound the ingredients together. 

Pound until you have used up all the salt and are left with a pink paste with no pieces of chilli. Transfer the salt into a dish and put to the side.

Finely slice your green birdseye chillies and place into a bowl. 

Add lime juice and garlic clove, roughly chopped. 

Pour in kecap manis and give all the ingredients a good stir together.

Place chopped spring onions in a dish. 

In a separate bowl, mix together the corn flour and plain flour and then toss each of the crabs in the flour ensuring they are evenly coated. 

Heat your oil in a large wok and deep fry the crabs in batches for 2 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Drain thoroughly on kitchen paper.


While the crabs are still warm and have just come out of the oil, sprinkle over a pinch of the chilli salt and the chopped spring onions. Serve the crabs with the dipping sauce and some hot chilli sauce.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 2 Minutes
Ready In: 2 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 717Calories from Fat 504

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 57 g87.7%

Saturated Fat 7 g35%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 6417 mg267.38%

Total Carbohydrates 20 g6.7%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars 4 g

Protein 32 g64%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet