Fried Crab – Jonah, Dungeoness or Blue Crabs

Fried Crab

The Best Fried Crab

Fried Crab can be found all over the world.  Traditionally, it’s usually soft shell crab, like blue crabs, that are fried but the truth is, you can fry just about anything.  Most of my experience with Fried Crabs have been at buffets and Cajun restaurants in the south.  It’s real popular to put the majority of the breading over the meat from the body of the crab.  I think mostly because the meat is already exposed, once the cavity shell has been removed, and you just sink your teeth right in and get a bight.

Fried Crab

Jonah Fried Crab Recipe

Normally, for this Fried Crab recipe, I would use soft shell crabs but they aren’t available to me right now, unfortunately.  I did find some Jonah crabs, however, which are the East coasts answer to the West’s Dungeoness Crab.  They’re typically a little bit smaller than the Dungeoness and therefore a little cheaper as well.  I picked up these two bad boys for just under $7 bucks.  So you really can’t go wrong picking up a half dozen or so for frying.

Also, if you’re interested, be sure to check out a few relatable recipes I think you’ll enjoy.  My King Crab Legs tutorial is phenomenal because I teach you how to peal the legs so quickly that your mouth never stops chewing between bites.  My Stuffed Lobster recipe is one of the most amazing dish’s you’ll ever lay your eyes on; also incredible.  And my Thai Red Curry Shrimp Recipe is easy and it’s to die for.

Fried Crab Ingredients:

6 to 8 Whole Crabs
1 stick Melted Butter
1 Garlic Clove, chopped

Egg Wash
1 egg
2 tbs milk
2 tbs Hot Sauce

Dry Mix
1/2 cup Plain Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup Potato or Corn Starch
1 1/2 tsp Crab Boil Seasoning

Oil for frying

Cook at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for only 2 to 3 minutes and enjoy your Fried Crab.

Oysters Rockefeller – Cleaning, Shucking and the Recipe

Oysters

The Best Oysters are Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller are a great way to kick off any celebration.  New Orleans Mardi Gras is certainly no exception.  And as you may or may not know, the original recipe was developed in the French Quarter at local restaurant called Antoine’s back in the 1800’s.  This recipe has since gone platinum.  And you as you can see in the picture below, they are fairly inexpensive to buy and with this recipe, they certainly live up to their name, “Rockefeller”.  I think I paid about 58 cents a piece is all and the results were spectacularly “Rich”.

Oysters

What kind of Oysters do you have?

These are West Coast Oysters.  You can tell they aren’t from the East Coast because of the Greenish color, instead of brown, and they’re a bit more long gated as well.  They should always be scrubbed and rinsed before shucking.  This will help eliminate any grime getting into the shell.  Personally, I like to rinse them out after anyway.  But some folks will freak out if you drain the “liquor” from the oyster before serving because there’s so much flavor there.  But for Oysters Rockefeller, there is so much flavor added to it through out the recipe, in my opinion, it really doesn’t matter.  The important thing is that no one breaks a tooth trying to eat them.

Oysters

Shucking Oysters

I’ll show you, in the video below, how to properly shuck these things and lay them out on the half shell.  There’s really nothing to it once you learn the tricks.  But it’s important to lay them down on something that will keep them stable so they don’t teeter back and forth.  Some people, restaurants included, press the round shell backs down into Rock salt, and that’s great for serving but I just use cup cake pans to keep them from moving and it works great for broiling.

Oysters

Oysters Rockefeller

To make this recipe, you need a few key ingredients but the main thing is to make it green like money.  As the story goes, when this recipe was created, someone in the restaurant exclaimed that these Oysters were as rich as Rockefeller.  Others think it has to do with the color of money itself.  Either way, the name stuck and now the world can enjoy them for any occasion.

If you’re interested in other Cajun recipes and food celebrated in New Orleans and at Mardi Gras, check out my Boudin, Crawfish Etouffee and my Jambalaya!

Oysters Rockefeller Ingredients:

1 doz Med/Lrg Oysters
2 cloves Garlic, ground
1 Green Onion, ground
1 sprig of Fresh Parsly
4 oz Baby Green Spinach
2 tbsp White wine, can sub ice water or white grape juice
1 stick of melted butter (1/2 cup)
1/2 tsp Crab Boil or Crawfish Seasoning (Old Bay is fine)
1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Worcestershire
1 tsp Basalmic Vinager
1/3 cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/4 cup Bread Crumbs, optional

Be sure to watch the full Oysters Rockefeller Video Tutorial so you can see, step by step, exactly how to make them from scratch.

Stuffed Lobster with Creamy Shrimp, Scallops and Crab Meat

Stuffed Lobster Main Pic

The Best Stuffed Lobster

I’m completely and utterly in love with this Stuffed Lobster recipe.  Just like the title says, it’s got creamy Shrimp, Bay Scallops and Crab Meat mixed into the Stuffing with a light drop biscuit breading and Bacon.  There is of course a few other ingredients to spice it up a bit but tell me that list didn’t already seal the deal in your mind when you read it to yourself!

Stuffed Lobster

Stuffed Lobster Preparation

I can’t stress enough, the importance of having a good set of Seafood Shears when you’re cutting Shell Fish.  Starfrit sent me this pair to use and demonstrate in this video recipe and I personally think they are awesome.  They cut in reverse, which seems to give the blade some added strength when I grip the handles and apply pressure.  So if you’re interested in a pair like this, I highly recommend this set next time you’re cutting shells.

Also, this recipe is designed to heavily stuff two lobsters with seafood but I found that just one can easily be shared between two people.  So that’s something to consider when you’re making this.  2 Stuffed Lobsters will easily feed 4 to 6 people and my Video Tutorial will teach everything you need to know.

Also I’ve included 2 other Lobster recipes down below and the Drop Biscuit recipe you’ll be needing to complete this Stuffed Lobster recipe.

CLICK HERE for Drop Biscuits
CLICK HERE for Lobster Sauce
CLICK HERE for baked Lobster Tails

Stuffed Lobster Ingredients:

2 Steamed Lobsters, whole
12 oz Bay Scallops
12 Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup Crab Meat
3 pc Bacon, crumbled
1/2 cup Cream Cheese
1 can Cream of Celery
1/2 Red Onion, chopped
1/4 cup Parsley, chopped
3 Fresh Basil leaves, chopped
3 Garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup Olive Oil
pinch of Salt
1 egg
1 tbsp Mustard
1 tbsp Worcestershire
1/2 tsp Paprika
2 Drop Biscuits
1/4 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
Shake Salt & Pepper throughout entire stuffing

Bake at 400 degrees f for 20 minutes and serve Stuffed Lobster with lemon and melted butter.