Soft Shelled Crabs Salad

May 01, 2014
soft crab salad with harissa mayo dip

This soft shelled crabs salad has been calling out to me since June 2013. I just could not believe it, that I took this long to replicate what I ate when I was in Kuala Lumpur

I wanted to take my family to dine there, unfortunately ... we were too stuffed, suffered severe food coma from non-stop eating, since the word get go.
...and my husband , being a miser that he is, not very keen... meh :(

Frozen soft shell crab

Plan B is the name of the restaurant... located in Mid Valley, Mega Mall Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
I was there catching up with my good friend, Melinda.... a pleasant place, what I remembered most was the decor behind the counter... lots and loads of old looking window panes, secretly wishing that I could haul few back to Oz!!! My backyard garden wall could do with few of those panes :P

Eyes were diverted from panes to menu, 2 words caught my attention : harissa, soft shelled crab
need not scroll further down the menu.. choice was made almost immediately without any hesitation.

plate setting
soft crab salad with harissa mayo dip

Trying to make mental note of the taste and texture of the salad while munching and chit-chatting, seemed futile :( ...  and I was embarrassed to whip out my phone to take photo (just in case... my friend is not used to seeing the foodie side of me heheheh..ehem must keep up appearances ;P)

Needless to say, the soft shelled crab I had, were deep-fried... and deep frying anything in my kitchen will be a nightmare for me!!! The amount of oil will splatter all over the kitchen bench top, cabinet and floor.... 'Sigh'
... so my soft shelled crabs went into the oven and baked 3-5 minutes over the  time given on the instruction box, gave the soft shelled crab a crunchier texture.

.... am I happy with my Soft Shelled Crab salad with Harissa-Mayo dip?
oh yes :D...

Soft Shelled Crab Salad

Soft Shelled Crabs Salad 

serve 4
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1 box of soft shelled crab (store-bought)
1 green apple – thinly sliced
1 pink lady apple- thinly sliced
1 navel orange – segmented
150g mix salad

Salad Dressing
¼ cup EVOO
2 teaspoon harissa (store-bought)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
a pinch of salt

Harissa-Mayo dip
1 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoon harissa
  1. Bake the soft shelled crab as per box label. 
  2. Prepare salad dressing by placing all the ingredients in a jar. 
  3. Cover and give it a good shake.
  4. Slice apples and soak in ice –cold water with half of a lemon. 
  5. Wash salad.
  6. Mix mayonnaise and harissa in a bowl and set aside.
  7. Assemble: mix salad with apple slices and segmented oranges. 
  8. Drizzle with salad dressing. 
  9. Top with soft shelled crab. 
  10. Serve immediately with dip.


  1. Scrumptious! That is something I'd love to try.



  2. You have me at soft shelled crab :-)) I miss seafood.
    The salad looks fantastic!

  3. Slurrrrp.....soft shelled crab caught my attention too. I think I stick to Plan B at the moment...because Ive no other Plan to prepare this at home.

    1. LOL... you are so right, better stick to the Plan ;P

  4. I'm not entirely sure I like soft shell crabs. We recently tried these in our cooking club and we probably prepared them wrong as they were horrible. Lol.. Far too mushy... Yuck.. Yours look pretty good!

  5. Harissa mayo sounds yum! Are the soft shell crabs come already crumbed? I've never tried deep frying them before. Eating SSC is such a treat :p

  6. Baking is so much easier than deep frying and less to clean up too! Harissa mayo sounds like a nice combination of flavours!

  7. Love the combination of greens and crabs in crust!
    :) ela@GrayArpon