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Spicy Crab Spaghetti with Lemon & Asparagus

Spicy Crab Spaghetti with Asparagus and Lemon

5 from 1 reviews

Light and filling, this Spicy Crab Spaghetti will be an elevated staple to your weeknight meal plan!


Units Scale
  • 8oz or 1/2 Pound Dried Pasta
  • 12 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive OIl
  • 1 Large Shallot
  • 2 Large Cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 Bunch of Asparagus
  • 1/4 cup White Wine
  • 1 8oz container Lump Crab Meat (typically canned near your fish counter)
  • 23 Fresnos or 1 Tbsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 stick of Butter, cold
  • Juice + Zest from 1-2 Lemons
  • Salt and Pepper, as needed


  1. Get a large pasta pot on the stove with water and salt. Bring to a boil.
  2. While waiting for your water, mince shallot and garlic.
  3. Drizzle about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in a sauté pan with sides. Add shallot, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Cook on medium until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  4. Slice asparagus on the bias, discarding the woody end part of the stem.
  5. Take crab meat and put into a bowl and gently comb your fingers through it to check for any hard shell pieces.
  6. When water is at a boil, add in pasta and set timer for recommended cooking time.
  7. To the shallot and garlic pan, add in 1/4 cup of white wine, asparagus slices and a pinch of salt and pepper. Let sauté for 2 minutes, adding more olive oil if needed.
  8. Then add in crab, fresnos (or pepper flakes), and 4 tablespoons of butter. Turn heat to medium-low and allow the butter to slowly melt, while heating the crab through, swirling your pan often.
  9. Squeeze lemon juice into the sauté pan and mix in.
  10. Drain pasta, reserving 3/4 Cup cooking liquid. Add pasta and 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid to the sauté pan and stir well. If looking a little dry, add in more liquid to help gloss it up. Sprinkle more salt and pepper in as needed.
  11. Serve and top with fresh grated parmesan cheese and lemon zest.


Alternatively, you an add in the lemon zest right before serving, but I like how it looks on top of the pasta once plated. 

I also like this pasta very lemon-y so I serve with a wedge of lemon to squeeze at the table too. 


Keywords: Pasta, Spaghetti, Crab, Seafood, Asparagus, Lemon, Spicy, Italian

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