Soft-Shell Crabs with Wilted Spinach and Warm Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette Recipe

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Soft-Shell Crabs with Wilted Spinach and Warm Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette
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  1. Make soft-shelled crabs: Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Dip each crab in milk and them lightly coat both sides with flour. Heat butter and oil together in a large, oven proof (no plastic handles) pan over medium heat. Add crabs and sauté until crispy and golden, about 4 minutes. Place pan in preheated oven and cook 3 more minutes. Transfer crabs to paper toweling to absorb oil. Set aside and keep warm.
  3. Make warm herb vinaigrette: In a large bowl, combine shallots, basil, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. After these ingredients are incorporated, add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Mix well, cover with plastic and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. When ready to prepare dish, warm the vinaigrette in a sauce pan over high heat, removing from stove when it begins to simmer.
  5. Make wilted spinach: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add spinach and sauté 4 minutes, until wilted. Drain liquid.
  6. Serve: Place wilted spinach on one side of four individual dinner plates. Arrange two soft-shell crabs over each mound of spinach, overlapping one over the other. Spoon tomato vinaigrette over crabs and around the sides of the plate.
  7. To properly clean a soft-shelled crab: Peel back the pointed part of the shell and scrape away the gills from each side. Using sharp scissors, cut off the head and carefully squeeze out the green bubble behind the eyes. Next, bend back the apron, the thin piece that folds under the crab. Twist the apron until it breaks off, removing the intestinal vein at the same time.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 692.99 Kcal (2901 kJ)
Calories from fat 404.9 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44.99g 69%
Cholesterol 46.01mg 15%
Sodium 3860.7mg 161%
Potassium 1915.69mg 41%
Total Carbs 55.14g 18%
Sugars 14.69g 59%
Dietary Fiber 5.22g 21%
Protein 20.94g 42%
Vitamin C 46mg 77%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 2%
Iron 11.3mg 63%
Calcium 411.4mg 41%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 61.49 Kcal (257 kJ)
Calories from fat 35.93 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.99g 69%
Cholesterol 4.08mg 15%
Sodium 342.59mg 161%
Potassium 169.99mg 41%
Total Carbs 4.89g 18%
Sugars 1.3g 59%
Dietary Fiber 0.46g 21%
Protein 1.86g 42%
Vitamin C 4.1mg 77%
Iron 1mg 63%
Calcium 36.5mg 41%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 16.8
  • 19

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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