nounchiefly North American
A crab, especially a blue crab, that has recently moulted and has a new shell that is still soft and edible. Also called soft crab.
- The Spider roll in particular, with its fried softshell crab, tasted too much of cooking oil.
- The shrimp heads are tempura-fried and served whole alongside, which is not all that different from eating a softshell crab.
- They vend both catfish and softshell varieties of the po’ boy sandwich, but my preference far and away is the softshell crab.
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