Fried Crab – Jonah, Dungeness or Blue Crabs

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.

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 Dungeness Crab.  They’re typically a little bit smaller than the Dungeness 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.

Red Lobster Crab Cakes

Crab CakesBiscuits or Crab Cakes?

As far as I know, Red Lobster doesn’t even make Crab Cakes.  But, they do have those unbelievable cheesy garlic biscuits, don’t they.  That’s what turned me on to this recipe.  Because if you don’t already know, Red Lobster has finally put their recipe in a box and can be purchased for just a few bucks at most local Grocers.  And thank God for that too, because now you can enjoy the most phenomenal Crab Cakes right in the comfort of your own home, thanks to the genius of yours truly!

IMG_0887These Crab Cakes are Crisp, yet fluffy, very moist and best of all, full of flavor.  I dare say that these are hands down the best Crab Cakes I’ve ever had.  And, the craziest part about it is, I even use canned crab meat.  So just imagine what would happen if you felt like splurging a few extra dollars on some fresh snow or king crab legs.  Wow, is the only thing that comes to mind, and realize that’s coming from a man that can’t even move now because he/I just finished eating these.  An interesting fact about these is they are surprisingly filling.  I barely ate 2 of them made from about 1/2 cup portions.  So don’t just let your eyes do the talking.  Relax and take your time, because there’s plenty to go around.  There are 2 things I should have mentioned in the video, though…
1) These can be baked if you want to cut out the Frying.
2)  If you’re Frying, Make your Patties Thick, 1 1/2 inch to start!  Do NOT make them thin like a pancake or they’ll taste like grease!

Crab Cakes Ingredients:

1 box Red Lobster Biscuit mix
1/2 cup Graded Pepper Jack Cheese
1/2 tsp Salt
3 Chopped Green Onions
2 cans Crab Meat
Oil for Frying

Follow the box instructions but add 1/2 tsp of salt and replace the Cheddar Cheese with Pepper Jack.  Then combine all remaining ingredients together.  Scoop 1/3 cup of batter for each Crab Cake and place in 1/4 inch of frying oil set on Medium low, for approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side.  Look for that Golden Brown I’m always talking about, then place on paper towels.  The biscuit box comes with an additional seasoning packet for the butter topping.  Follow the box instructions for that and lightly brush or poor melted butter mix over the top of each of the Crab Cakes, then serve.