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At 4 - 4 ½ One of Americas favorite seafood delicacies. Caught just after shedding their hard outer shell (called "molting"), our crabs are carefully selected for their superior quality and size. The soft shells crabs are cleaned, frozen, and ready to be prepared to your liking. CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK.

Our soft shell crabs are cleaned and ready to cook.

  • - Heat oil in a large skillet.
  • - Next combine salt and flour in one bowl and 2 eggs beaten in another.
  • - Dip your soft shell in the egg bath then coat with the flour mixture or a soft shell batter.
  • - Place the crabs in the oil and let cook for approximately 4 minutes on each side.
  • - The shell will turn red and crisp and the batter a golden brown. Place the soft shell on a paper towel covered plate to absorb any extra oil.
  • - Serve as a sandwich or as a main course meal.


A crab becomes a soft shell when it goes through a molting phase. This means the crab is forming a new larger soft shell under its hard shell. The crab then sheds the hard shell and becomes a soft shell. Crabs only stay a soft shell for a few hours which make it more difficult to catch soft shells. Soft shells are in season May through October but you can get them frozen all year long.

Hotel Soft Shell Crabs

When indulging in the finest seafood, there's nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a delicious, crispy hotel soft shell crab. For those who have had the pleasure of savoring this delectable dish, you know it's a culinary experience like no other. Whether you're a seafood connoisseur or someone looking to explore the world of blue crabs for the first time, Harbour House Crabs has the hotel soft shell crabs you’re looking for! Place your order today, or keep reading to learn more about this delicious crustacean.

What Are Hotel Soft Shell Crabs?

For the uninitiated, soft shell crabs are a delicacy worth exploring. They're basically blue crabs, but there's a unique twist to these crustaceans. Soft shell crabs are harvested during a specific phase of the crab's life cycle when they shed their hard outer shell. At this stage, the entire crab, from tip to tail, is edible, offering a succulent and tender meat sought after by seafood enthusiasts worldwide.

The process of obtaining soft shell crabs is far from simple. After being caught, the crabs are immediately dressed and cleaned, ensuring that the soft shells are in prime condition for consumption. They are then flash-frozen, preserving their freshness and flavor. This method guarantees you can enjoy soft shell crabs year-round, even when they're out of season.

How to Prepare Hotel Soft Shell Crabs

Now that we know what soft shell crabs are, let's dive into the fun part: cooking and enjoying them. If you've ordered these delicacies from Harbour House Crabs, they'll be shipped frozen and individually wrapped to your doorstep. This ensures that you receive the highest quality, fresh soft shell crabs ready to be prepared in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Fried Soft Shell Crabs

To prepare crispy and mouthwatering fried soft shell crabs, follow these simple steps:


First, allow the flash-frozen soft shell crabs to thaw. You can do this by placing them in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Dredge in Flour

Once thawed, mix together your favorite spices (Old Bay, anyone?) with flour. Then, season the crabs with the seasoned flour, coating them generously. This will create that delightful crispy texture.

Fry to Perfection

Heat oil in a pan until it's sizzling hot. Then, carefully place the crabs in the pan and fry them until they turn golden brown. This step is what gives the soft shell crabs their satisfying crunch. Remove crabs from pan and allow to cool slightly before serving with tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, and lemon wedges.

Soft Shell Sandwiches

One of the most iconic ways to enjoy hotel soft shell crabs is in the form of a crab sandwich. Imagine a crispy, golden brown soft shell crab tucked between two soft buns, complemented with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and a dollop of creamy tartar sauce. The result is a mouthwatering sandwich that's both visually appealing and incredibly delicious.

To prepare a hotel soft shell crab sandwich, start by heating your soft shell crabs as previously described, making sure they're delightfully crispy. As the crabs cook, prepare your soft buns by toasting them lightly. Once the crabs are ready, assemble the sandwich by layering the lettuce and tomatoes on the bottom bun, placing the crispy soft shell crab on top, and finishing it off with a generous spread of tartar sauce.

The contrast of the crispy soft shell crab with the softness of the bun and the freshness of the veggies creates a culinary masterpiece that's sure to impress. This simple yet flavorful sandwich is a testament to the versatility and delectable nature of hotel soft shell crabs.

Why Hotel Soft Shell Crabs?

Hotel soft shell crabs are a cut above the rest when it comes to enjoying blue crabs. Their soft shells make the entire crab a delectable treat, and the convenience of having them shipped frozen to your doorstep means you can enjoy them year-round. The process of preparing these crabs is straightforward, and you can get creative with how you serve them. From a classic crab sandwich to succulent crab cakes, the possibilities are endless.

So, whether you're hosting a seafood feast for friends or simply craving a mouthwatering meal, soft shell crabs from Harbour House Crabs are the way to go. Their individually wrapped, frozen soft shells are guaranteed to provide a delightful, crispy, and unforgettable dining experience.

Enjoy Fresh Blue Crabs Shipped Right To Your Doorstep!

Hotel soft shell crabs are the epitome of culinary delight for seafood enthusiasts. With their unique texture and delectable flavor, they offer an experience like no other. And when you source them from a trusted seafood retailer like Harbour House Crabs, you're ensuring you get the best of the best. Whether you prefer soft shell or large hard shell crabs, we make it easy to get the ocean’s most delightful delicacies shipped right to your doorstep. Dive into the world of hotel soft shell crabs and savor the taste of the ocean in the comfort of your own home!