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Crab linguine with cucumber

Lindsey Bareham

Summer's no time to be stuck by the cooker but that's no reason not to eat well. Follow this recipe for crab linguine with cucumber and you'll have a fabulous lunch or supper with just ten minutes' effort.

Crab linguine
Crab linguine makes a light, simple and delicious meal




  • 1 small red chilli (bird's-eye)
  • 200g/8oz linguine
  • 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 5cm/2ins cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • 25g/1oz coriander
  • 100g white crab meat


  • Boil the kettle while you slice the chilli into skinny batons and then into tiny dice. Place the chilli in a mixing bowl and add 2 tbsp olive oil.
  • Cook the linguine in salted boiling water from the kettle.
  • Use a potato peeler to remove the skin from the cucumber. Halve lengthways and use a teaspoon to scrape out the seeds. Thinly slice the cucumber into half moons.
  • Finely chop the coriander, discarding only the end stalks. Stir crab, coriander and juice from half the lemon into the chilli to make a thick but slack mixture. Drain the pasta and return to the pan with the cucumber, mixing thoroughly to encourage the cucumber to wilt slightly. Now add the crab mixture, adding more lemon juice or oil, salt and freshly grated black pepper, to taste. Delicious hot, warm or cold.

This recipe was first published in Saga Magazine

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Try one of our other fish and seafood recipes, including devilled crab gratin and crab cakes.


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