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About Our Whale Soft Crabs

5 1/2 - 6 inches. One of America's 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 shell crabs are cleaned, frozen, and ready to be prepared to your liking. 

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.

Whale Soft Shell Crabs

If you're a seafood enthusiast or simply someone with a penchant for culinary indulgence, you've likely heard of soft shell crabs. These delectable crustaceans have a devoted following due to their tender meat and unique flavor. But what about “whale” soft shell crabs? What set these strangely-named crustaceans apart from their brethren? In this article, we'll explore a few important facts about Whale Soft Shell Crabs, investigate their culinary appeal, explain why they should be on your seafood radar, and tell you about the best way to get fresh crabs for a great price from Harbour House Crabs. Let’s get crackin’!

What Are Whale Soft Shell Crabs?

Whale soft shell crabs are an exciting variation of the classic soft shell crabs, with a few key differences that set them apart. Just like their traditional counterparts, whale soft shell crabs are blue crabs in a specific phase of their life cycle. During this phase, these crabs shed their hard outer shell, rendering the entire crab entirely edible from head to claw. However, what makes whale soft shell crabs unique is their remarkable size. These soft crabs have grown significantly larger than the rest, hence the name "Whale."

Whale soft shell crabs offer an unparalleled tasting experience. The meat is exceptionally succulent, and when cooked to perfection, it attains a golden, crispy exterior that's a delight to the senses. The secret to achieving this delectable texture lies in the method of preparation.

How to Cook Whale Soft Shell Crabs to Golden Perfection

If your whale soft shell crabs arrive frozen, place them in the refrigerator for a few hours to thaw. This ensures they are ready for cooking, as a frozen soft shell crab will be much more difficult to cook.


To achieve that wonderful crispiness, create a dredge mixture by combining flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl, then add your favorite crab seasonings like Old Bay or our own HHC crab seasoning.

Heat oil and a bit of butter in a pan until it's sizzling hot. While heating the oil and butter, carefully coat each crab in the flour dredge mixture. Once the oil is ready, place each softshell crab in the pan and fry until golden. This is the key to unlocking their exceptional texture and taste.

Whale soft shell crabs can be enjoyed on their own or as a stunning addition to various dishes. Whether you savor them as the main course or include them in a seafood medley, the options are endless.

Why Choose Whale Soft Shell Crabs?

Whale soft shell crabs offer seafood aficionados and culinary enthusiasts a unique experience. Their impressive size and extraordinary tenderness set them apart from regular soft shell crabs. The flash-frozen quality ensures you can enjoy these delicacies year-round, even when soft crabs aren't in season.

The cooking process is straightforward, making whale soft shell crabs an excellent choice for both seasoned chefs and home cooks. To enhance your culinary journey, feel free to review our selection of cookbooks or check YouTube for other crab cooking techniques. In addition to their deliciousness, whale-sized soft crabs also provide a fantastic value for the price, considering the amount of meat you can enjoy.

Shop Whale Soft Shell Crabs & More Today!

Whale soft shell crabs are a culinary treasure every seafood lover should explore. With their unique flavor and exceptional value for the price, they offer a dining experience like no other. Whether you savor soft shells as a main course or get creative with seafood medleys, these soft crabs are sure to become a favorite in your kitchen. Order a bushel of flash-frozen soft shells and some soft shell crab seasoning from Harbour House Crabs today, and embark on a gastronomic journey filled with golden brown, crispy, and utterly delightful flavors. Don't miss out on the opportunity to savor these magnificent Maryland Blue Crabs, a true culinary delight!