Garlicky Crab With Pasta

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe calls for king crab legs but Dungeness also works really well. It's best to use frozen crab so that you can defrost it on your own schedule. Also, add in other stuff, such as sliced green onions or fresh basil leaves or even sliced jalapeno peppers if you like. This is a Chicago Tribune recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. heat a large stockpot of salted water to a boil over high heat; add crab legs; cover. Cook until crab is cooked through, 6 minutes; transfer crab to a colander but don't drain the water out of the pot, keep it boiling.
  2. Add spaghetti to the crab water; cook according to package directions. Drain; keep warm. Meanwhile, crack crab legs into smaller, more manageable pieces.
  3. Melt 3 T. of the butter in a large skillet or wok. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until garlic is slightly browned and aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add crab legs and parsley to skillet; toss to coat the shells and the meat with the hot butter and garlic. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  4. Melt remaining 1 T. butter in the skillet over medium heat. Add cooked pasta, tossing until well coated. Transfer pasta to a platter; top with reserved crab.


Most Helpful

Wonderful dish.... fast, easy and restaurant quality. Yummy! Thank you for sharing.

Debbskii January 13, 2010

I added basil and used 4 cloves of garlic...for one serving. YUM! I used reduced fat margarine, and a dash of lemon juice. I also used snow crab, it was sweet and wonderful. My noodles were fettucini, and I also added parmesan cheese.

yogiclarebear January 18, 2008

Wow, I was amazed at how good this was. I thought I would need to add pepper or cheese, but it was so good right out of the pan, I just gobbled it up. I used fake lump crab, but otherwise stuck to the recipe. Very light and tastey. Thanks Jude!

Chef Kaydia Ji February 07, 2007

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