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Horseshoe Crab Roe & Nast Sac
Updated 2185 days ago

We went out to dinner last night to a seafood restaurant. There were several aquariums full of a variety of seafood, and while we were waiting for our order, we noticed that they had horseshoe crabs. That's right, those creepy critters that one finds at the Jersey shore. I had never heard of anyone eating the little buggers, so I enquired about why they were there. I was told that they bake them and eat the eggs. I decided to give it a try even though it seemed ecologically reckless. After poking around today, it doesn't seem that human consumption is a leading cause of population decline (it isn't even listed), so I don't feel too bad. After all, I've eaten whale a few times already.

It came on a plate with all of the legs taken out. The stinky sac of eggs were located on the inside of the shell encased in a proteiny, scrambled egg looking material. I grabbed a spoon and went at it, and I have to admit that it tasted pretty awful. It was very salty, but there was still a strong flavor that I can only say was similar to the smell of a fried LED (light-emitting diode) mixed with fish. The sac was the texture of fried eggs and the eggs were actually hard. They didn't pop like raw fish eggs do, so I was a little disappointed. I finished everything except for a few stray eggs. I wouldn't eat it again, and I wouldn't recommend it, even for people who like eating wierd stuff.

It really looks delicious, doesn't it?

Yum.

What was left.


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