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Soft Shell Crab Po'Boys

Mario Batali
Servings: 8
1 to 30 min
Part 1 of 2

Mario's classic sandwich proves that you don't have to visit the big easy to get an authentic taste of New Orleans!

  • Ingredients
  • step-by-step directions
Soft Shell Crab Po'Boys
  • 8 Soft Shell Crabs (cleaned and rinsed in cold water)
  • Flour (for dredging)
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
  • Vegetable Oil (to fry)
  • 8 Sesame Seed Burger Buns (lightly toasted; to serve)
  • Napa Slaw
  • 1 head Napa Cabbage (thinly sliced)
  • 2 Serrano Chiles (sliced)
  • 1 Lime (juice and zest)
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Chives (finely chopped)
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (to taste)
  • Ramp Tartar Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Crème Fraiche
  • 1 Lemon (juiced)
  • 3 tablespoons Fresh Horseradish (freshly grated)
  • 1/4 cup Ramps (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Capers (roughly chopped)
  • Preheat an inch and a half of vegetable oil to 360°F.
  • Place Flour in a shallow dish and season generously with Salt and Old Bay Seasoning and dust the Crabs in the seasoned Flour.
  • Carefully submerge in the Oil -- being careful as the Crabs will splatter as they cook. Fry until crispy and golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Season immediately with Salt.
  • Combine the Slaw ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Whisk together Tartar Sauce ingredients and adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Assemble sandwiches with a Soft Shell Crab, Slaw, and Tartar sauce on each. Serve immediately.
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