This delightful 10-minute crab pasta is made with fewer than ten ingredients (you read that right!), plus a few cupboard essentials. It’s fresh, easy to make, and a great option for days when you want a pasta dish that doesn’t feel too rich or heavy!
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Crab pasta is an easy dish that uses budget-friendly ingredients. Even though this imitation crab pasta tastes restaurant-worthy, you’d never know that each portion costs less than £2.00. This dish is great for impressing guests, as it’s quite flavorful and filling due to the crab’s protein and broccoli’s nutrients.
I also love how versatile crab pasta dishes are, as you can adjust the type of pasta, veg, and even what seafood you incorporate. Whether you prefer a seafood mix or a vegetarian alternative, this is one of the imitation crab pasta recipes that’s ideal for everyone.
If you feel like creating different pasta recipes alongside this imitation crab pasta during the week, try making 10-minute Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles, Creamy Tomato and Spinach One-Pot Pasta and Pasta with Peas.
Shredded Crab Meat
If you’re vegetarian/vegan, you can swap shredded crab meat with an alternative, like seasoned jackfruit or hearts of palm. Ensure you add sufficient seasoning (like red pepper flakes and lemon juice), and you’ll have veganised crab pasta in just a few minutes.
Alternatively, you can use other precooked seafood mixes if you don’t enjoy crab but still want to include a seafood protein source.
Any tomatoes will work in this crab linguine dish, even tomatoes on the stem. For larger tomatoes, ensure you chop them into bite-sized pieces before incorporating them into the dish. Sundried tomatoes are also a great option.
Here’s where you can get creative with imitation crab recipes/pasta with crab. Swap broccoli for whichever veg you prefer, such as fresh spinach, destemmed kale, or asparagus. Cauliflower is another great substitute for tender stem broccoli in this crab pasta recipe.
See the recipe card for full information on all ingredients and quantities.
2. Gently fry together on a low heat while stirring (Image 2).
3. In the meantime, add your linguine to boiling water with lots of added salt. Once the pasta is half cooked, add your broccoli for the remaining time until the pasta is al dente (Image 3).
4. Time to add linguine and broccoli to your spicy garlic tomato puree, mix along with the important 2-3 ladles of pasta water (Image 4).
5. Then add the drained crab along with the sliced cherry tomatoes into the pan and cook for a couple of minutes until the sauce has thickened to the desired consistency (add more pasta water if needed) (Image 5).
6. Mix together and serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of fresh parsley. Season with flaky salt and chilli flakes for that added kick and enjoy! (Image 6).
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Don’t toss the pasta in the water too early.
Waiting for water to boil for crab pasta can be challenging, especially if you’re already hungry. However, waiting until your water is boiling is essential for the best crab meat pasta recipes. If you don’t wait, you’ll have mushy noodles on the outside that are crunchy/undercooked on the inside.
Salt the pasta water, but skip the oil.
Salting pasta water for this crab pasta recipe (and other pasta recipes) is essential. For one, the salt helps keep your pasta from sticking, so you’re not left with a blob of pasta when you drain it. Salting your noodles also adds flavour to the dish. Avoid adding olive oil to the water; it will make the crab sauce slide off your pasta with crab meat.
Avoid rinsing your pasta.
Like other canned crab meat pasta recipes, you’ll want to avoid rinsing your pasta once it’s cooked. When you rinse pasta, it makes the noodles absorb less of the sauce. Plus, the noodles produce starch when cooked, which helps bind the sauce. Never rinse cooked noodles unless you’re whipping up a refrigerated pasta salad.
Note: Don’t forget to keep a cup of reserved pasta water to the side for this recipe.
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Any canned or imitation crab will work well in this dish, as it will offer a delicious seafood flavour. If you have extra time and a higher budget, you can also spring for fresh crab meat or jumbo lump crab meat. However, you’ll need to cook it and remove the shell before adding it to the dish.
Many veggies work great with crab, such as corn, potatoes, etc. If crab pasta is not enough to fill you up, consider making a salad like Homemade Caesar Salad and Air Fryer Green Beans also make an excellent appetizer or side for crab and pasta recipes.
Yes, you can reheat leftover pasta even though it has crab. Typically, seafood dishes can be reheated up to four days after being cooked. However, it’s best to only reheat the portion you’ll be consuming, as reheating multiple times can cause the crab to dry out. Simply di
To meal prep, reserve some of the pasta water to add a splash onto each serving before popping in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Store the fresh parsley separately and garnish right before eating. This recipe is freezable but I’d recommend consuming within 5 days for best results.
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