Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab with Garlic and Pepper

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Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab with Garlic and PepperBelieve it or not, fried crab is as good as vegetable fritters provided the spices and batter are selected with care. Soft shell crab is not only easy to consume but also tastes great. This popular crab variant is ideal for making fried preparations. The secret to good deep fried fritters is the crispiness, proportions of spices and the way you fry it. Instead of crab, you can also use calamari or boneless fish. While serving this crab, you can also sprinkle dried herbs on top to liven up the flavor. Tiger prawn fritters can also be prepared in a similar way. I'll share that one some other day. For now, let's prepare this delicious and mildly flavored crispy soft shell crab preparation that's ideal for your tea time party.

Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab with Garlic and Pepper
Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab with Garlic and Pepper

Crisp crab fritters with peppers

Enjoy this easy-to-make and delicious crab fritters which are seasoned with hot spices and can be relished anytime with tea, coffee or a glass of beverage.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Servings: 5

  • 800 gm soft shell crab
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup all purpose wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper powder
  • 1 tsp dried herbs (powdered)
  • pinch of paprika
  • finely chopped coriander
  • 1 egg (whipped)
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves (mashed)
  • 1 green chili (finely chopped)
  • cucumber and tomatoes (for garnish)
  • canola oil for deep frying
  • salt to taste


  1. Wash crab under running water and cut it into 3 or 4 pieces.
  2. Take a large bowl and add semolina, rice flour, wheat flour in it.
  3. Sift well for a minute and add white pepper powder, dried herbs powder, paprika, chopped coriander, egg, mashed garlic cloves, chopped green chili and salt in it.
  4. Add 3/4 cup of water and whip it into a smooth batter.
  5. Add crab pieces in it and keep aside.
  6. Heat canola oil in a deep fry pan.
  7. As the oil reaches the right temperature, switch the flame to medium.
  8. Fry all the batter coated crab pieces evenly from all the sides till they turn light golden brown.
  9. Slice cucumber and tomatoes arranging them on the serving plate.
  10. Place fried crab pieces on it and serve hot.


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