A good friend of ours and a patron of the business where we work has been a long-time fisherman. He had grown up in Maine and, being that they essentially grow up surrounded by fisherman culture, he has taken those lifelong skills with him wherever he and his wonderful wife have settled down. In 2005, he retired and bought himself a boat that at first he didn’t use as much as he should have, but now he is back to having his sea legs and it is quite addicting.
We went out last week and came back with a bounty of crustacean treasure. In CA, each person in possession of a fishing license can bring in 10 crabs per day. He dropped his pods the day before and we took to sea and when we arrived there was over 30 crabs waiting for us. We were disheartened at first because the first pod only had 3 – two of which were female – and the other wasn’t of legal size. Anyway, it was a fun day and now I had way too much crab. I had given a lot of friends & family, but ended up with 6 of my own. So, it was time to cook!
1/3 cup crushed crackers (recommended: Ritz)
3 green onions (green and white parts), finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
Dash cayenne pepper
Flour, for dusting
1/2 cup peanut oil
Favorite dipping sauce, for serving