Crab Linguine with Chilli


Har har me hearty’s. ‘Ere’s another in Mugsie’s seafood odyssey. Now I don’t know where Frank stands on crab as it doesn’t look like lady bits and it’s not exactly an insect, well if it is, it’s a bloody big one. I’ve always loved crab. The passion started in the early 7o’s when I used to have crab paste butties. I loved ’em. Then I discovered peanut butter. Bye bye crab.

As always my post usually start with an “I saw…” and this is no different. I saw this dressed crab in the reduction fridge for £2.50 and I knew what I was going to do with it straight away. I’d had this dish before at Southport’s then top restaurant a few years back and I thought it was gorgeous so i thought I’d do it myself. Can’t be that hard can it? Crab, Pasta and Chilli. You know what, that’s really all there is to it.


It’s a really quick dish to do.

First get your pan of salted water boiling and throw in your linguine or spaghetti. While this cooks add a large glug of olive oil to a frying pan and finely chop 2-3 cloves of garlic and the chilli of your choice. I used the chilli you see in the photo above but didn’t think it would give me enough kick so I added a quarter of a scotch bonnet too.  Gently fry these till the garlic goes soft and then add a good glug of white wine. Reduce this all down to a thick sauce and at the last minute throw in your crab and mix it all together.

Drain the pasta and mix the pasta and crab together with some fresh parsley . Voila. Dinner is served.


I must confess that Carol although she did enjoy it, said she wouldn’t have it again, so looks like I’ll be waiting till she goes caravaning with Diane and the kids to have crab again. I thought it was lovely. The sweetness of the crab shone for me and the chilli was spot on, not too fiery to hide the taste but gave a lovely tingle.



Now Frank, doesn’t that look a treat.

Washed down with another glass from our wine hoard from the Co Op.

Enjoy. Mugsie

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