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Beer Batter Soft Shell Crab With Soy-Seared Vegetables

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Yield: 24 servings

kikkoman products used:


Vegetable Marinade:
3 cups orange juice
3 cups Kikkoman Soy Sauce
1 1/2 cups olive oil
1/4 cup minced garlic
1/4 cup minced ginger

Soy-seared Vegetables:
2 pounds, 4 ounces sliced zucchini (cut lengthwise 1/2-inch thick)
2 pounds, 4 ounces sliced yellow squash (cut lengthwise 1/2-inch thick)
1 pound, 8 ounces quartered red bell peppers (cored and seeded)
24 each asparagus spears, trimmed and blanched

Beer Batter:
1 pound, 8 ounces all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 quarts beer (ale or lager)
1/3 cup Kikkoman Soy Sauce
vegetable oil, as needed for frying
24 each soft shell crabs, cleaned


To make Vegetable Marinade: In bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Chill until needed. (Yield: 8 cups)

To make Soy-seared Vegetables: Arrange vegetables in single layer in shallow non-reactive pan; add 6 cups Vegetable Marinade. (Reserve remaining marinade for plating.) Marinate at least 1 hour. Heat cast-iron skillet or griddle until hot; sear both sides of vegetables until caramelized. When cool enough to handle, cut in 1/2-inch dice. Chill until needed. (Yield: 18 cups)

To make Beer Batter: In bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Gradually stir in beer and soy sauce, whisking just until smooth. Hold at room temperature no longer than 1/2 hour. (Yield: 12 cups)

For each serving, to order: Gently reheat 3/4 cup Soy Seared Vegetables. In deep fryer, heat oil to 375°F. Dip 1 crab into Beer Batter; fry 4 minutes or until crisp and golden. Mound Soy Seared Vegetables in center of plate; top with crab. Drizzle 4 teaspoons reserved Vegetable Marinade over crab and around vegetables.

Recipe created by Helene Kennan, Bon Appetit Managament Co., for the Getty Museum, Los Angeles.


Even people who love soy sauce and use it all the time are often surprised to learn what it is and how it’s made. We make ours from just four simple ingredients—water, soybeans, wheat, and salt. Those ingredients are transformed through a traditional brewing process—much like making wine or beer—that has remained unchanged for centuries.

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