Chef Ricky's Blog - Soft Shell Crabs
Springtime in Florida! Is there any better time?
Everything starts anew, including pollen season (my favorite). There are a lot of great things happening on Amelia Island in April. The start of our very own Sounds on Center, free concerts the first Friday of every month through October, great beach weather, incredible kayaking, which allows great up close and personal views of the new wildlife, and this year the last weekend is Fernandina's Shrimp Fest. If you have never been you need to come for the 4 day weekend full of activities.
Springtime in North Florida brings us SOFT SHELL CRABS!! This is the time in which our Blue Crabs molt and lose their hard winter shells. If you have never had one you need to try it. They are starting to molt now. The prime season for fresh, local soft shells usually starts with the first full moon cycle of May and runs through September (depending on water temps, etc.). Once they lose their hard shells the exoskeleton turns soft and once cleaned the crab can be eating whole. This delectably treat is usually lightly fried and can be served in many ways such as a Po Boy, or in Tacos or over grits and vegetables. The meat is has a smooth, almost a sweet, rich, buttery taste. If you would like to try them come see us, but come quickly, they don't last long!