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Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches with Pluot Relish

June 2011
Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches with Pluot Relish

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 10 mins

  • 2 pluots, pitted and chopped
  • 1 large jalapeno chile, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet pickles, such as bread-and-butter
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 8 small soft-shell crabs, patted dry
  • 4 soft sandwich buns, toasted
  1. In a large bowl, combine the pluots, jalapeno, pickles, EVOO, tarragon, lemon juice and 1/4 tsp. salt.
  2. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. In a small saucepan, add the garlic, butter and 1/2 tsp. salt and cook over medium heat until the butter is melted. Brush the tops of the crabs with the garlic butter and grill buttered side down until the shell is bright red and charred in spots, about 2 minutes. Brush the undersides of the crabs with the garlic butter, flip and cook for 2 minutes more. Serve 2 crabs per bun, topped with the pluot relish.
  • This sweet-tart, spicy relish is also scrumptious spooned over swordfish steaks or piled onto a pulled pork sandwich.