I have been getting a lot of requests for this recipe since I posted a picture on my Instagram page on Labor Day, so instead of sending out individual responses, I am sharing this recipe with all of you.
Linguine with Blue Claw Crab Sauce
I used to go crabbing off the local pier with my dad when he was alive. It was a lot of fun for me as a child and dad and I got both a suntan and some quality time together.
We used to use chicken legs for bait and then wait and wait and wait for a crab to be interested. Periodically pulling up the trap to see if we were lucky. Some days the bounty was enormous, other days, plan on something else for dinner.
Since I was a child, I always remember my dad going crabbing and my mother making the most delicious crab sauce with linguine or spaghetti. The entire family would gather around the picnic table lined with newspaper and eat crabs for hours after we had our linguine. We were prepared with our mallets, seafood crackers and picks. It is a little tedious to eat, but the reward was worth it . The most delicious sweet crabmeat.
We had the best summers!
Since my dad passed, I no longer go crabbing and I buy my crabs along with my other seafood from a local fishmonger (Claws Seafood Market Crab Shack and Clam Bar- Sayville, NY – Great owner and staff. If you live in the area, I recommend you give them a try).
I was fortunate to be gifted crabs this Labor Day and I had the best time making this meal. It always brings back great memories.
I still have all dad’s traps in the attic and maybe one summer I’ll start crabbing again in his memory.
This Blue Claw Crab Sauce isn’t just for the summer.
I make crab sauce every year as part of the Italian Christmas Eve, “Feast of the Seven Fishes”.
For Christmas Eve, I add a few clams, mussels, shrimp and calamari rings. It is my favorite part of the meal and so delicious.
Try the recipe and let me know what you think and have some patience eating the crabmeat, trust me, it’s worth it.
I purchased two dozen crabs. I wait until they are a good size and then I buy, clean and freeze most of them for Christmas Eve and some for the rest of the winter when I am craving crab sauce.
I used six crabs today for this sauce. Any less than that and you really don’t get a good flavor.
They look much better cleaned. It’s a little bit of work but you can have the fish monger clean them if your prefer.
I have been cleaning crabs since I was a child with my mom after my dad’s catch so this job doesn’t bother me.
So here is my recipe for Blue Claw Crab Sauce….
I hope you enjoy it…
(Obviously, this recipe can be doubled for a holiday meal).
Diane’s Crab sauce
2 shallots diced
5-6 cloves of garlic (or more) – diced
Parsley- roughly 3 tbsp- finely chopped
1 small can of anchovies with oil
6 cleaned blue claw crabs
2 cans San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes – blended in the food processor
Red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper – to taste
1 cup clam juice
1 cup white wine
Tomato paste (optional)
Coat the bottom of an 8 qt pot with olive oil and heat on medium
Add the shallots and a pinch of salt and sauté for 1-2 minutes until translucent.
Add the garlic and sauté an additional 1-2 minutes until golden brown – be careful not to burn
Add one small can of anchovies with their oil and stir to dissolve –
(this does not make the sauce taste fishy. I add it in my white clam sauce as well).
Once dissolved add the parsley and fresh ground black pepper, salt and some red pepper flakes to taste and sauté
Now add the crabs and sauté for about 5-7 minutes until the claws become red. Mix well with the parsley mixture to get the oil and garlic in the nooks and crannies of the crab.
In the meantime, put two cans of san Marzano whole peeled tomatoes in the food processor and blend.
Add the tomatoes, wine and clam juice to the crabs.
Sauté on medium for approx. 20 minutes with the lid a jar. After 20 minutes if the sauce seems too watery add 1 tbsp of tomato paste and continue to simmer for 5 minutes.
Simmer on low until you prepare your pasta (usually linguine for this dish al dente- 7 minutes.-– (I cook the pasta two minutes shy of being done).
Add your pasta to a large pot or saute pan and add the crab sauce, cook for two minutes so the sauce can be absorbed by the pasta.
Serve with the crabs, or make the crabs a second course