'Tis the season for eating crabs with soft exoskeletons.
We could not be more relieved to report that it is finally soft-shell crab season. If you don't live in Maryland or by a coast, but you do have a computer, you're in luck: It's now super easy to buy high-quality seafood via the World Wide Web.
Below, find some reliable places to buy soft-shell crabs online, so you can get started making sandwiches, stir-fries, platters, and pastas with the crispy sea delicacy. (Here's a simple primer on how to prepare them; it's way less intimidating than it seems.)
Whether you're looking to bread and fry your own, or purchase a more finished product, the following options will cover your bases.
Find blue soft-shell crab from the Chesapeake at this online dock-to-door company. (The product ships directly from where the crabs are harvested to your home.) The site is updated daily with what's fresh—so you won't find soft-shell available here throughout the year.
Buy as few as a half dozen or as much as two dozen at this online Maryland-based seafood purveyor. (You can even throw pre-made batter into your cart.)
Handy Seafood Raw Domestic Soft Shell Crab - Frozen
Handy Corn Flour Dusted Soft Shell Crabs - Frozen
Whether you're frying or sautéeing, make sure to clean the crabs properly before prepping them. If you have the time, it's worth buying soft-shell crabs live, when possible, at your local seafood market. That way you can hand-choose crabs with soft, moist shells, and you can have the fishmonger clean the crabs.