Easy dungeness crab spaghetti for date night! – for S

July 16, 2017


The very first time I met S was in my first year, in front of a frat house to be precise. While I was waiting for a friend of mine to get off the phone, she stumbled upon me and asked if her and her friends were at the right house. Frankly speaking, I thought she looked intimidating as hell but funny thing is, she later confessed that she thought I “looked like a b****”. I don’t blame her though; we were going through pretty rough freshman makeup disaster phase (layers of make up & raccoon eyes) together after all.

It didn’t take us very long to click together real fast. As S suggested, I ended up joining her LING 100 class in the second semester and eventually I found myself skipping my following class just to sit with her in her EOSC 116 Time of Dinosaurs lecture. *spoiler alert: so-called dinosaurs class talked about dinosaurs for a day or two and never mentioned dinosaurs ever again*. Taking classes together probably wasn’t the primary reason why we got along and became best friends instantly. It was probably because we partied *ehem* I mean studied 6 nights a week.

But out of nowhere in our 3rd year, she unexpectedly developed allergic reaction to alcohol.

What? Of all the people…SYou used to drink like a fish!

But it was a good reminder to ourselves that we had to graduate out of that scene and replace them with more home-friendly activities.

It’s almost frightening looking back at how time has passed since those days. We used to troop it till late night but now, as soon as the clock hits 10pm, we automatically transform into Cinderella mode and nag about needing to roll into bed. One of our worst fears is when we are both invited to a club for special events (then of course we tell each other lets “drop by” and can it before anyone notices us leaving). Partying two-nights in a row? Don’t think that has happened in years!

Time to time, I do miss going out and muching on late-night pho with you…but staying in and rolling around in bed is just so irresistibly comfortable. So good bye to our old days and hello to prepping dinner & spending our weekends cuddling in blankets and Netflix!

Since got into a new relationship somewhat recently, this is a fail-proof recipe dedicated for you and for your future date nights. It’s easy and looks some what impressive.

Before I get in to the recipe, here are some tips for the ingredients though:

  • T&T occasionally has dungeness crabs on sale and sells them for as low as $6.99/lb for jumbo ones. Don’t be impulsive and buy them for $18.99/lb, at least not for this recipe.
  • Before steaming the crab, freeze them for 30 minutes so they become “unconscious” (or you can stake it through the heart with a chopstick but I don’t prefer this method)
  • Of course, fresher the better! Maybe we should go crab catching to one day before mushroom foraging?
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Dungeness crab spaghetti
  1. Steam the dungeness crab for 20 minutes then let it chill for at least 10 minutes before removing the crab meat. Try to save the body shell and the claws for plating. Separate the crab meat into two, preferably into small chunks vs bigger chunks.
  2. Meanwhile, boil spaghetti for 9 minutes until al dente or follow the manufacturer's instruction.
  3. Place a frying pan on a medium heat and add olive oil. Cook thinly sliced garlic until olive oil is fragrant and garlic is golden brown. Set the garlic aside but leave the olive oil in the pan. Toss in spaghetti, parsley, Parmesan cheese, half of the crab meat (preferably the smaller flakes/chunks), salt and pepper . Cook until spaghetti is glossy and well-covered in olive oil. Approximately minute or two. DO NOT OVERCOOK. Twirl the spaghetti and set it aside in a bowl or on a plate.
  4. In the same pan as the one above, melt butter and turn off the heat. Gently toss in the other half of the crab meat (preferably the bigger chunks) and lemon juice. Top it off on the spaghetti.
  5. *Optional* assemble the empty crab shell and the crab claws on top of the spaghetti.
  6. Garnish with thinly sliced green onion, bit of fresh parsley and garlic from step 3. Enjoy!
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Final product when assembled should look somewhat like this. This pasta actually paired quite well with the new glass plates I grabbed from Costco for $15.99 couple of weeks ago (resembles waves!)

Mmmmm nice and juicy!


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