Soft Shell Crab with Salsa Verde

Cicchetti Recipe: Soft Shell Crab with Salsa Verde

Serves 4


8 soft shell crabs divided in half 
150g type ‘00’ flour
20g corn flour 
200ml sparkling water 
5 cubes of ice 
Sea salt 
1l vegetable oil 
1 fresh red chilli

For the salsa verde:

3 cloves garlic 
Small handful of capers 
Handful of fresh parsley
A glug of olive oil
Salt and pepper


Prepare the batter by mixing the flours and the cooled water with the ice and a pinch of salt. Mix to a very smooth, runny batter. Put the oil in a deep, thick-coated pan and heat up to 180 degrees. Toss the crabs lightly in the corn flour, and then dip them into the batter one at the time. Fry one at a time in the oil for under a minute or until crispy and golden. Mix together all the ingredients for the salsa verde in a hand blender.

Serve the crab topped with some freshly chopped chillies and a bowl of salsa verde.