One of my fondest memories of crab, is sitting at a run down crab shack somewhere near the Gulf of Mexico and watching my dad eat his "bottomless bucket of crab." It was all you can eat for less than $20.

I didn't enjoy it at the time, I had eaten my ribs and had to wait another 2hrs watching him eat the crab, (I didnt even have  a phone or Ipad to keep me occupied).

I didnt get it then, I do now - I try to eat fresh crab as much as possible - it's difficult living in The Midlands but not impossible. The best I have ever had is (no surprise) a hen crab at Prawn On The Lawn in Padstow. Anyway - here is very simple but incredibly  flavoursome  crab and spaghetti dish.



  • 2 Cloves of garlic

  • 2 Fresh red chilli

  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • 100g brown crab meat

  • 250g white crab meat 

  • Handful of spaghetti


1. In a pestle and mortar crush the chilli and garlic.

2. Add oil, brown and white crab meat.

3. Boil the spaghetti as per the instructions.  

4. Combine spaghetti, and crab mix, while warm and serve immediately 


Hints & Tips

A foodie friend of mine adds a shot of vermouth when serving up. Add some Parmesan cheese to for an extra kick and it is superb.