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Maryland Fried Softshell Crabs



  • 6 soft shell crabs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Shortening (for frying)
  • Tartar sauce


  1. Wash cleaned soft shell crabs. Dry well. Soak in milk seasoned with salt and pepper for 15 minutes; roll in flour.
  2. Heat shortening and fry crabs until crisp and brown.
  3. Drain on absorbent paper.
  4. Serve with tartar sauce or on sandwich bread.

Serves 3.

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