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Grilled Soft-Shell Crab with Barbecue Butter

November  4, 2013
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  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Serves 4 as an appetizer, or 2 as an entree
Author Notes

There's nothing at all wrong with a fried soft shell crab, but sometimes I want something a little different. I mashed up two Mark Bittman recipes, and came up with this simple and incredibly delicious preparation. You could serve these on top of a salad, or sandwich them between two pieces of bread. The "barbecue butter" is so good you will want to slather it on everything. —ieatthepeach

What You'll Need
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced or finely grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, or to taste
  • Juice of half a lemon, or to taste
  • 4 soft-shell crabs, cleaned (thawed if frozen)
  1. Heat your grill until moderately hot OR turn your broiler to high. Position the grill grate or oven rack at least 4 inches from the heat source.
  2. In a small saucepan or a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Warm over medium-low heat, or microwave in 15-second bursts, until the butter is melted and the mixture is warm and fragrant. Stir to make sure everything is combined.
  3. Brush the crabs on both sides with a thin layer of barbecue butter. Grill or broil for 3-4 minutes per side, brushing them occasionally with the barbecue butter. When the crabs are plump, firm, and pink, they’re done. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over the top.

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