Spaghetti with blue swimmer crab and prawns

Italian delight: Spaghetti with blue swimmer crab and prawns.
Italian delight: Spaghetti with blue swimmer crab and prawns. Photo: Marina Oliphant

I have often asked an Italian chef why they cook something in a particular way and the answer clearly lies with their respect for tradition and cooking with passion and love. That's why good Italian food is hard to beat.


2 blue swimmer or sand crabs (or 400g picked crab meat)

350g spaghetti

5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

16 small-medium green prawns, shelled

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

3 tbsp chopped parsley

1 red chilli chopped

Salt and peppe


Cook the crabs in plenty of salted, boiling water for 8 minutes then place in a sink of cold water. Pick the meat from the body and legs and discard the shell.

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil for the spaghetti. Have everything else chopped and ready to go.

Cook the spaghetti in the boiling, salted water. Heat a wide frying pan and add the olive oil, then the prawns, garlic, parsley and chilli.

Stir until the garlic is lightly golden and the prawns are almost cooked. Season with salt and pepper and add the crab meat. Cook, stirring, for a couple of minutes.

When the prawns are cooked, add the drained pasta and a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Toss, check for seasoning and serve immediately.