It’s the weekend of the “Red, White, and Blue” which many are probably celebrating with foods bearing patriotic colors. Redmond Whole Foods had a sale on soft-shell crabs so we took the opportunity to buy a couple for dinner appetizers. There’s a short season for this warm season delicacy and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
It’s probably unpatriotic to have red, white, and tomalley during our nation’s Independence Day, but come to think of it, since soft-shell crabs are ahem*… “stripper” blue crabs in our part of the world, eating soft-shell crabs might actually be more patriotic than eating hotdogs. (*The technical term is molting, I only call them strippers for fun.) The greenish-yellow bit flowing from the crab is the crab version of tomalley (lobster liver). It’s edible and great with toast, but if you’re squeamish, don’t eat it. The soft-shell crab is still delicious without it.
In the East Coast where crabs are popular, with Maryland topping the list, soft-shell crabs are usually fried. We don’t have a deep fryer so to cook the crabs, we broiled the yummy “crusties”.