French-Fried Crab Claws
PREP TIME: 30 Minutes

Home-style frying units, such as Fry Daddy or Fry Baby, make deep frying simple for the home kitchen. Also be aware of the nice "lite" frying oils available on the market today. Using these will make deep frying a lot healthier.


  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsps Creole mustard
  • salt and cracked black pepper to taste

In a 1-quart mixing bowl, combine all of the above ingredients. Whisk with a wire whip to ensure mixture is well blended. Set aside.


  • 2 cups yellow corn flour*
  • 2¼ tsps salt
  • 1½ tsps granulated garlic
  • 1½ tsps cracked black pepper
  • 1½ tsps cayenne pepper
  • 1½ tsps dried thyme

In a 1-quart mixing bowl, combine all of the above ingredients. Set aside.


  • 1 pound cleaned crab claws
  • 1½ quarts vegetable oil

In a home-style deep fryer, such as a Fry Daddy or Fry Baby, preheat oil according to manufacturer's directions or to 375° F. Place crab claws in batter mixture and allow to sit 10-15 minutes. Drain all excess liquid from crab claws and bread well in yellow corn flour. Shake off all excess breading and deep fry a few dozen at a time until claws turn golden brown and float to top of frying unit. Remove and drain on paper towels and serve hot with cocktail or tartar sauce.

*NOTE: Yellow corn flour may be found in most gourmet shops or food stores. It may be packaged and pre-seasoned as a seafood breading mix such as fish fry. If unavailable in your area, plain flour or equal parts flour and yellow corn meal may be substituted.

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