Recipe: Softshell Crab Summer Rolls

Recipe for Softshell Crab Summer Rolls, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Summer is a season of limited-engagement foods. One of its most precious treats is the softshell crab, a blue crab that has abandoned its hard shell for a temporary, thin skin that's completely edible and full of flavor. Thankfully, it only takes a little work to savor these fleeting crustaceans: many cooks opt to simply batter, season, and fry their softshell crabs, a preparation that's equally delectable in a sandwich, on a salad, or by itself.

 

At Maritime Parc in Jersey City, chef Chris Siversen places softshell crab tempura inside Vietnamese summer rolls. Fresh herbs, shaved vegetables, and an addictive red curry mayo join the crabs inside the wrappers. If that's not enough to tempt you, just know that softshell crabs' days are numbered.

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On the Menu: June 27 through July 3


Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, June 28, 7:00 P.M. Atlanta’s Rising Star A 2010 JBF Rising Star award semifinalist, Kevin Gillespie gave the Voltaggio brothers a run for their sous vide machines during last year’s Top Chef. The executive chef and co-owner of Woodfire Grill, Gillespie wowed the show’s judges with the same unpretentious, seasonally inspired cuisine with which he regularly impresses Atlanta diners. Tuesday, June 29, 7:00 P.M. Softshell Crab Extravaganza To help us celebrate one of the most precious moments of the culinary calendar year, David C. Felton, pastry chef Jessica Knik, and sommelier Brooke Sabel, of New Jersey’s much-buzzed-about Ninety Acres at Sir Richard

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Market Fruit Salad Anthony Fusco, chef de cuisine at NYC's Harbour, culled from the day's best Greenmarket offerings to make this seasonal fruit salad with frozen yogurt and amaretti cookies. To see more images from his dinner, which featured softshell crab in every course, click here. July 13, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Lisa Ozag)

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