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Moeche, Lagoon Crabs in Venice

Moeche are soft shell crabs found in Venice’s lagoon. I purchased a few of these live ones in the Rialto market and deep fried them for dinner last night. They are a seasonal specialty, found only in the spring when they are “between” shells, having just shed their old hard shell before growing another. They are priced at €58-60 euros a kilo.

2016-01-07T03:42:00+00:00 March 15th, 2010|Categories: Culture, Daily Food Photo, Fish, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Venice|5 Comments


  1. maryann March 15, 2010 at 7:10 am - Reply

    oh i wish i was there, eating those little crabs. I love them

  2. Mamma Parla March 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    they look like baby soft shells found in the northeast in springtime. big diff in price though!

  3. Venice Wrap Up June 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    […] the fish you are purchasing is local) and fresh produce. In mid-March, canocchie (mantis shrimp), moeche, Sant’Erasmus artichokes, and radicchio tardivo are in […]

  4. Michele January 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    The best preparation for “Moeche” is the following: before deep frying keep them in a bowl of beaten whole eggs fox while. the crab will eat it…
    Then toss them in white flower and fry. Consume immediately while hot.

    …. just a pity that cost 60-80 EUR/kg..

  5. Kevin May 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    These are also available in the autumn; we found them in Rialto during our mid-October visit, and then enjoyed a spectacular lunch of them at a nearby restaurant, a few tables away from the fisherman who caught them for the restaurant. Delicious with the lightest of batters and just a squeeze of lemon.

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