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What is the difference between Hardshell and Softshell Crabs?

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Both Hardshell and Softshell crabs are from the same blue crab species and in fact are just in different lifecycle stages. For a short period of time after a crab molts, it has a “soft” outer body. It won’t be long before it regrows a new shell, so there is a limited window of time to enjoy this more delicate, tender crab meat. Hardshell crabs are typically enjoyed steamed, while Soft shell crabs can be battered and fried. You can learn more by visiting this link.