Fresh seafood is one of the bet things to eat in summer months because it’s light, healthy and delicious. I used to be worried about cooking things like crab, but this is a really easy recipe including either fresh crab or tinned – let your area or budget decide.
The meal takes about 15 minutes (not including prepping fresh crab) and feels very extravagant indeed. Best served with salted broad beans and rustic Italian bread, it’s a great little number for when you want to impress at short notice.
Easy Crab Linguine. Serves 2.
200g white crab meat (fresh is best, but tinned works)
1/2 white onion, diced
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/4-ish fresh lemon & zest
4 large basil leaves, diced
Small handful Spinach leaves, shredded
2 chili peppers – more/less for your preference
1. In a pan, cook the linguine as directed. It’ll take anything between 7 and 20 minutes depending on your choice of pasta. As a guide, you need approximately 5-6 minutes to complete the rest of the dish.
2. In another pan, heat the oil and sautee the onion, shredded spinach and garlic in olive oil before adding half of the basil and a squeeze of the lemon juice. Cook without burning the garlic for about 1-2 minutes.
3. Zest the bit of lemon rind into the pan, saving a little for garnish. This just adds a little sharpness to the mix.
4. Stir in the crab meat and chili and cook for a further minute or so. If you’ve used tinned crab, I’d recommend peppering it a little more than you normally would, as it can lose flavour in the tin. Fresh crab will retain that sweet, salty taste on its own if you don’t over cook it.
4. Drain the pasta and stir in the remaining basil and crab mixture, adding salt and pepper as necessary.
Serve this dish right away, with the suggested accompaniments above or perhaps roasted parmesan chickpeas. It feels very much like a Jamie Oliver bish-bash-bosh type of recipe – satisfyingly easy, and nobody has to know!
Are you partial to some summer seafood? What are your favourite dishes to throw together at short notice this time of year?