Softshell Blue Crab - Callinectes sapidus

Shellfish  <<   Softshell Blue Crab

Monterey Fish Market Seafood Index photograph of Softshell Blue Crab,  Callinectes sapidus


Gulf of Mexico to Maryland


Softshell: May to August

Method of Capture:


Sustainability Consideration:

Prolific breeding at a very young age makes them a resiliant species, but their habitat is compromised by trawlers fishing for other species.

Size Range:

(3.5-4 inch=mediums ) (4-4.5 inch=hotels ) (4.5-5 inch=primes ) (5-5.5 inch=jumbos ) (5.5+ inch=whales)

Flavor and Texture:

Mild, soft, sweet meat with a very slightly toothsome shell that has a very rich, savory flavor.

Cooking Tips:

fry, sauté