Soft Shell Crab in a Sesame Tempura

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Ingredients

4 Soft shell crabs – one per person

1/2 cup plain flour

1/2 cup cornflour

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tbs sesame seeds

COLD soda water – enough to make a thick batter (will coat your finger)

Method

Clean the crabs…

How To Clean Soft Shell Crabs

Finding Feasts -How to clean Soft Shell Crab
Use scissors to snip off the face
Finding Feasts -How to clean Soft Shell Crab
Lift up the shell on each side and remove the gills with your fingers
Finding Feasts -How to clean Soft Shell Crab
Grab the tail that is wrapped under the body, this is called the apron…
Finding Feasts -How to clean Soft Shell Crab
…and tear it off
Finding Feasts -How to clean Soft Shell Crab
Dab dry on paper towel
Finding Feasts -How to clean Soft Shell Crab
Slice in half or keep whole

Pre heat the oil in the deep fryer or wok to 180°c / 355°f

Place the flours, baking powder, egg and sesame seeds in a bowl and slowly stir in the cold soda water.

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Pre heat the oil in the deep fryer or wok to 180°c / 355°f.

Place the flours, baking powder, egg and sesame seeds in a bowl and slowly stir in the cold soda water.

Dip the cleaned soft shell crabs into the batter and then carefully place in to the deep fryer. Cook till the tempura batter turns golden and crispy, about 4-5 minutes.

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Serve with a couple of dipping sauces such as ponzu or sweet chilli and a wedge of lemon.

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Soft Shell Crab in a Sesame Tempura
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Recipe type: Entree | Finger Food | Seafood
Cuisine: Japanese
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Serves: 4
 
Deliciously easy and amazingly delicious. If you've never tried a Crispy Soft Sell Crab before then put it on your bucket list!
Ingredients
  • 4 Soft shell crabs - one per person
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • ½ cup cornflour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbs sesame seeds
  • soda water - enough to make a thick batter (will coat your finger)
Instructions
Clean the crabs
  1. Snip off the face with scissors
  2. Lift up the sides of the shell to reveal the gills and pull them off.
  3. The back end has the apron, which you can peel back off the body and then tear off.
  4. Pat dry with paper towel and then cut in half
Tempura batter
  1. Pre heat the oil in the deep fryer or wok to 180°c / 355°f
  2. Place the flours, baking powder, egg and sesame seeds in a bowl and slowly stir in the cold soda water till you get a thick batter consistency - it should coat your finger.
  3. Dip the cleaned soft shell crabs into the batter and then carefully place in to the deep fryer. Cook till the tempura batter turns golden and crispy, about 4-5 minutes.

 

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