12 ounces beer
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for dusting)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
12 softshell crabs
oil for deep frying
In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients, except the softshell crabs, mixing well. Let the batter stand for at least 1 1/2 hours, allowing it to thicken.
Dust the softshell crabs with the flour and completely coat them with the batter. In a deep fryer, fry the softshell crabs at 360 degrees for 2 to 5 minutes, depending on their size, until they are golden. Drain the softshell crabs on paper towels.