Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Fried Soft Shell Crab

Red Lobster Fried Soft Shell Crab
Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

18 live soft shell crabs
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2 ounces lemon juice
3 dashes soy sauce
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups plain breadcrumbs

Clean crabs but do not remove top shell. Rinse well in cool water.Place the crabs on a sheet pan and season with salt, pepper, lemon, soy sauce, garlic power and onion powder, then refrigerate for at least two hours.

Place flour in one bowl, eggs in another, and bread crumbs in the last. Roll crab in the flour, dip in the eggs, and then coat with the bread crumbs.Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Heat a skillet with about 1 inch of oil.

Sauté crab on one side for 4 to 5 minutes; turn and continue until crab is crispy. Place browned crabs in oven for 8 minutes until hot all the way through and crispy.

Serving Suggestions: Serve with cocktail sauce, remoulade, a green sauce, or a creamy Dijon sauce. Always serve the sauce on the side.

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