It is prized for the female crab roe, which ripen in the ninth lunar month and the males in the tenth. Steam the female crabs for 8-9 minutes, remove, and cool for 20 minutes. olive oil to taste. Pin Print More. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/she-crab-soup-51156820 Gullah Gourmet She Crab Soup. ANSWER: Normally, you can keep a female crab, however the count got so low this year that there is currently a moratorium on keeping any female crabs – from September 9 to October 13. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 . Only female crabs with the roe on the inside may be used. pinch of salt & pepper. Email. A culinary icon of Charleston, South Carolina, she-crab soup was traditionally a rich combination of cream, crabmeat, roe (eggs), and a splash of sherry. The crab is eaten only in the autumn, during the ninth and tenth months of the Chinese lunar calendar (approximately October to December): the female crab roe ripens in the ninth month, and the males in the tenth, and it is this silky, egg-yolk orange crab roe that is so hankered after. In Charleston Receipts, the spiral-bound classic published by the Junior League in 1950, Mrs. Henry Church suggests crumbling the yolks of hard-cooked eggs in the bottom of the soup plate as a substitute. I have had it several times while visiting Charleston, SC but am not familiar with the taste as an individual ingredient. https://chesapeakebaymagazine.com/the-secrets-of-she-crab-soup $48.78 Check the items you wish to purchase, then click Share your knowledge of this product. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 10-40 female green crabs. Item# Item Name: Our Price: Qty: Add: CROE-0001: Crab Roe - 1 lb. Sponge Crab - Female crab which is carrying eggs (roe) under her abdominal apron. Shipped frozen. By Mary Allen Perry. Previous page. Our finest crab roe. Facebook Tweet. Also called a sponge, berried, orange, lemon, or punk crab, or a ballie or busted sook. Illegal to catch or possess in most areas. Using rubber gloves, rinse the crabs in water to get rid of any sand or grit. Illegal to catch or possess in most areas. Put a pot of water on the stove until BOILING. optional: splash of white wine/ lemon juice/ vinegar of choice. Great for she-crab soups and other fine recipes. $24.87 CROE-0002: Crab Roe - 2 lbs. The crab is an autumn delicacy in Shanghai cuisine and eastern China. Now this is subject to change, based on if the count increase to normal levels again, so you can check the Wildlife and Fisheries website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov The meat from a female crab is said to be sweeter, but it was the addition of her red-orange roe that created the dish's depth of flavor and beautiful pale color and resulted in the name "she-crab" soup. 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