Panko-crusted Soft Shell Crab with Ginger Ponzu Sauce Recipe
April 28th, 2007 34 Comments

Panko-crusted Soft Shell Crab with Ginger Ponzu Sauce Recipe

Panko-crusted Soft Shell Crab with Ginger Ponze Sauce

The soft shell crab season is about to start (it usually runs from May to July) and I thought I would share a soft shell crab recipe that I really like with you.

Typically found in Japanese restaurants, these homemade soft shell crabs were coated with panko, deep fried, and served with ginger ponzu sauce. The radish sprouts–seasoned with just a wee bit of olive oil, salt, and black pepper–add extra punch and lend a tint of peppery flavor to this dish without requiring too much effort…

Radish Sprouts

Panko, or Japanese bread crumb is one of the many secrets of Japanese cooking. The roughly shaped bread crumbs create light, airy, and extra-crunchy coating on fried foods, especially on these soft shell crabs. Packed in a plastic bag, panko can be easily found in Asian markets…

I simply adore soft shell crab. It’s a real delicacy and a true treasure as the whole crab can be eaten as is–which is a great perk in my opinion as I don’t have to crack up a storm to extract the crab meat from the shell–so less hardwork and more gastronomic goodness. Now, that’s a keeper.

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  1. valentinA says:

    I never had soft shell crab before but I heard it was too delicious & hard to resist!
    And your photos make me hungry now!

  2. The Expedited Writer says:

    oh my…i love soft shell crabs, it’s one of my favorite seafood! And not to mention, gorgeous pictures as always :)

  3. simcooks says:

    Is ponzu sauce found in Asian Supermarkets too? Or is it a Japanese kind of sauce?

  4. Steamykitchen says:

    thanks for reminding me that crabs are in season! Now I can’t wait to go to the store and look for them!

  5. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Valentina – yes, they are too hard to resist. I bought the frozen ones and am very happy with the “freshness.” :)

    The Expedited Writer – I know, and the fact that they are seasonal and not everyday food just make them even more appealing.

    Simcooks – It’s Japanese but can be found at Ranch 99, or the Albertson’s of the world.

    Steamykitchen – you are in Florida and you have stone crab claws…now I am really really jealous. ;)

  6. Susan says:

    I bought ponzu sauce for the first time a couple of months ago; thanks for another tasty way to use it!

  7. TrueBluePenangite says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe as it seems simple enough. I almost bought live blue crabs but then balked at the idea of having to kill and clean them. Shudder.

    The pictures look great!!

  8. Orchidea says:

    Nice… I would really like to taste it. It looks delicious!

  9. Danielle says:

    Oh, yum. This looks great, as always.

  10. BuddingCook says:

    yummy i love soft shelled crabs. we eat them at the sushi restaurants. :D how much does it cost to buy a soft shelled crab?

  11. Passionate Eater says:

    Your cooking ability is so versatile RM! I love how you can master the most difficult dishes of all the cuisines (Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, etc.) I learn so much from you and am so grateful for all of your educational and delicious posts. Looks gorgeous, as always!

  12. wmw says:

    Yet another truly wonderful looking dish, it’s so delectable! Only hope to be able to taste it! Ha ha ….

  13. Wandering Chopsticks says:

    I love soft shell crab but it’s so pricey. :(

  14. tigerfish says:

    I love soft-shell crabs too!! And I agree with you, less messy yet so crispy crunchy delicious! I will start looking out for it…but wonder if I will buy to cook it.

  15. Precious Pea says:

    Soft-shell crab is my favourite…and your luscious plate so mouth-watering. I so envy your hubby!

  16. Agnes Tan says:


    I’m from Petaling Jaya.
    I like the soft natural light style of your photos. Keep writing too. It is a great blog for foreigners and overseas Malaysians/Singaporeans.

  17. Anonymous says:

    This is SO UNFAIR!!!! Softshell crab is my favorite food ever, but we can’t get them in France. Oh, how I envy you. Eat some for me and think of all of us less fortunate.


  18. team BSG says:

    Yr recipe & pixs do look so foreign ! Maybe they are right ?
    V are lost need a savior…

  19. "Joe" who is constantly craving says:

    yum yum!!..unfortunately i dont think i will ever enter the kitchen to cook soft shell i can only go to a restaurant and eat..wat a waste..

  20. teckiee says:

    I saw this documentary on TV about soft shell crab. It’s actually evil how they grow soft shell crabs…. that documentary really got to me.

  21. Lyrical Lemongrass says:

    I absolutely adore soft shell crabs, but have no idea how to cook them! I do lor after looking at your recipe. My husband will faint if I ever cook this for him, as it’s his favourite meal and he would never expect me to be able to cook this in a million years. ;-)

  22. audreycookjs says:

    Hi RS, if I share with you how they cultivate soft shell crabs, I think you won’t touch a soft shell crab for a long long time. Mine lasted 2 years!

  23. Lydia says:

    Last summer I started making crabcakes with panko, and this recipe reminds me that it’s time to get into crab mode again! The photo is making me hungry!

  24. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Susan – ponzu sauce is very versatile, I use it for my lettuce chicken cups too. Will have to cook it soon. :)

    Penangite – I used to love blue crabs but now that I have access to meaty dungeness crab, I no longer eat blue crabs as they are hard to eat. But I must say that the meat is very very sweet.

    Orchidea – thanks!

    Danielle – thanks. By the way, have you ever seen soft shell crab in New York’s Chinatown? I bought mine frozen.

    Budding Cook – they are not too expensive, $10 for four of them, a lot cheaper than restaurants.

    PE – you are too sweet, as always. :)

    WMW – I never see soft shell crab in Malaysia. Can find?

    WC – no, they are not too bad, got 4 for $10. It’s really not hard to make at all and a lot cheaper compared to restaurants. ;)

    Tiga – if they are on sale at 99, I think they are worth the money and effort to make them at home.

    Precious Pea – can find soft shell crab in Malaysia? I have never seen them served in Malaysia though, but I might be wrong.

    Agnes – thanks for your kind words. Will keep on doing it as long as the readers keep coming back for more. Do come back and leave me messages. ;)

    Anonymous – I am sorry to hear that you can’t find them in FR. What about frozen ones? Try Asian stores, maybe you can find them?

    Team BSG – aiya, have to cook some other cuisines sometimes mah, every day cook Malaysian food, where can? Must diversify my taste buds OK. :P

    Joe – of course, getting them from the restaurant is no hassle. :)

    Teckiee – really? Oh no, don’t tell me yet okay?

    Lyrical Lemongrass – cool, surprise him and let him faint then. :P

    Audrey – oh no…maybe Teckiee and you watch the same documentary?

    Lydia – Crab cakes with panko…great idea…now I will have to try. :)

  25. babe_kl says:

    mmmm my hubby’s fave. so when you coming back bee yinn?? we missed you at the gathering!

  26. Precious Pea says:

    We have it in Malaysia but in restaurant. Never seen then in the market though, probably all sapu by those restaurants.

    • Katriina says:

      I absolutely loved this recipe! I made it for a dinner I had recently and everyone just raved about it! The crunchy crab with the salty, zingy ponzu sauce was perfect

  27. Tummythoz says:

    I saw that documentary too. Shocked & turned me off for ..err.. 2 weeks. Too delicious-lah to resist.
    It don’t seem to be a seasonal dish over here. Can get it anytime.

  28. Ming_the_Merciless says:

    WOW! Looks delicious. I think I’ve only had fried soft shell crabs at sushi restaurants.

    I think I’m going to hunt down a restaurant that serves soft shell crabs like you presented.

    Don’t you have to clean the inside of it?

  29. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Babe – I wished I could join the flogger get-together…sigh, but I share you guys happiness through the blogs of the attendees. I don’t know when I will be going back again…it’s TBD.

    PP – you are probably right about being sapu by restaurants because I never see them in the market.

    Tummy – only two weeks? LOL. Yeah, I can’t give up too-delicious food either.

    Ming – go to yakitori restaurant and you can request them to coat the crab with panko…they would do it for you. I am sure. :) No, no need to clean the inside of the crab, that’s another perk…so easy.

  30. Kenny Mah says:

    I’m sorta like you too… lazy lah to pick meat out of the crab shells… soft shell crabs are a heavensend for sure! :D

  31. Anonymous says:

    What an interesting dish panko-crusted soft shell crab with ginger ponzu sauce. I will try your panko-crusted soft shell crab with ginger ponzu sauce recipe.

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