Quick spicy crab, chilli and lemon pasta

Quick spicy crab, chilli and lemon pasta
  • Serves icon Serves 2
  • Time icon Ready in 15 minutes

A super-easy pasta dish with crab, chilli and lemon. It can be thrown together in minutes, but the crab makes it feel luxurious and special.


  • 150g spaghetti or linguine (we like La Pasta di Aldo Filini from Waitrose)
  • 2 spring onions or baby leeks, finely chopped
  • ½ red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 200ml white wine
  • Grated zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • 200g fresh white crab meat (see our how-to video below)
  • 50g wild rocket


  1. Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions, drain well, then toss with a little olive oil.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a small frying pan over a medium heat, add the spring onions or baby leeks and chilli and fry for 1-2 minutes. Pour in the wine and bubble for 1-2 minutes or until reduced slightly.
  3. Turn down the heat, add the lemon zest and juice and crab meat, and stir to combine. Season to taste, then add to the cooked pasta along with the rocket and mix well. Divide between 2 pasta bowls to serve.

delicious. tips

  1. You could use cooked king prawns instead of crab in the recipe.


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  1. I love crab, particularly with pasta, and the kick of chilli just sets it off to perfection. A wonderful pasta dish – and so Italian!

  2. I love this recipe because I made it last week and it was so simple and easy to do. I’m a terrible cook and I don’t see how a person could ruin this. It was so tasty – very delicate. Adaptable too – you could do it for a dinner party or like me, could do it after being knackered from work with very few ingredients.

  3. I love this recipe because it is fresh, quick and easy to prepare after a long day at work. I can substitute crab for prawns or add any shellfish to make it a bit more special and served with a fresh salad and a glass of white wine it is a wonderful treat.

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