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Linguine with Japanese King Crabs (linguine to taraba kani)

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Here’s probably my favourite dish of all – one of the quickest and easiest to prepare, and delicious to eat too!


What you will need (for two persons):

Taraba Kani

250g dried linguine (I use De Cecco no.7)

400g cooked / raw king crab (usually frozen, Isetan supermarket)

2tbsp chopped garlic

2# brid’s eye chilli (red preferred)

150ml white wine

A small bunch of Italian parsley or spring onion (chopped)

A squeeze of lemon

Salt to taste



All pasti have cooking indication time (this is to be followed to the second for al dente). If you are using De Cecco it’s 11 minutes to al dente.  What we want to do though, is boil it for exactly 2 minutes less (9 minutes) and finish cooking it in the sauce which we will prepare separately so that the pasta absorbs the flavours of the crab sauce.


Bring 1.5l of water to a boil in a pot and add a generous fistful of salt to it (can be coarse / fine).  Put in the linguine and keep it on rapid boil for 9 minutes.  Stir occasionally.


When 5 minutes have past, start on the sauce.   Heat up some extra virgin olive oil in a pan on moderate heat.  Put in the garlic and chilli, and saute till soft and slightly coloured.


Immediately put in the crabs, together with its juices and white wine.  Bring down the heat to a simmer and season the sauce to taste.


Drain the pasta after 9 minutes of cooking, and pour the wet pasta in the sauce.


Bring up the heat again to moderate and stir gently to ensure even cooking of the linguine in the sauce.  At this point, you may want to squeeze in the lemon (if you like to add lemon).


Switch off the fire after 2 minutes and stir in the chopped herbs.  Serve piping hot.





Written by Leo

1 February 2009 at 14:53

3 Responses

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  1. it was good 🙂


    1 February 2009 at 15:03

  2. WOW!!! … me room flooded … saliva … ahahahaha … very good photographing … and the dish looks extremely delish … especially the one with the fresh herbs … best post so far … hehehehe …


    1 February 2009 at 18:10

  3. chew: hahah! thanks very much for the overflowing compliments 😀


    5 February 2009 at 10:12

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