Soft shell crab tacos with jalapeño vinaigrette

Soft shell crab tacos with jalapeño vinaigrette

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Makes
4
Photographer
Lauren Bamford

Crabs and tortillas (when folded) share the same shape, so in my mind they are a natural fit.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
60ml canola oil
50g plain flour
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
pinch salt
4 soft shell crabs, cleaned, (see recipe note)
4 Corn tortillas
whole egg mayonnaise, to serve
green cabbage, shredded, to serve
coriander leaves, chopped, to serve

Jalapeño vinaigrette

Quantity Ingredient
60ml olive oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard

Method

  1. To make the jalapeño vinaigrette, whisk together all of the ingredients in a bowl until combined. Set aside.
  2. Heat the canola oil in a frying pan over high heat.
  3. Combine the flour with the cayenne pepper and salt in a bowl. Lightly coat the crabs in the flour mixture and fry for 1–2 minutes on each side, or more depending on the size of the crabs. The crabs will turn pinkish when ready. Drain on paper towel.
  4. Meanwhile, warm the tortillas. Heat a non-stick frying pan over high heat. Warm the tortillas for about 10 seconds each, or until they become soft and pliable.
  5. To assemble, lightly spread each tortilla with a little mayonnaise and add a few strands of the cabbage and some of the coriander. Top with a crab and spoon over the jalapeño vinaigrette.

Note

  • Put the crabs in the freezer for about 30 minutes before you want to clean them. Use scissors to cut across the top of the crab to remove the face and eyes. Lift up the flap on the left- and right-hand sides of the crab and remove the spongy lungs. Flip over the crab and cut out the flap on the underside.
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