Sunday, January 16, 2011

Crab Fra Diavolo?

Shrimp Fra Diavalo is an easy dish that is found on countless "red sauce" Italian restaurants all over America - though most people say that it is not something normally found in Italy. Either way the combo of seafood with spicy crushed red pepper in a fast and easy tomato sauce makes this a perfect weeknight meal as it can be made quickly and after work those minutes count! I decided to skip the shrimp tonight and go with lump crabmeat.

I used a can of  pre-cleaned crab meat however if you are feeling adventurous you can always get your own crab and clean out the meat yourself. Or class the dish up with the addition of lobster or scallops instead of the crab.  The sauce takes about as long as it does for the pasta to cook so get your water starting to boil and then begin to assemble the sauce. The next question is to cheese or not to cheese. Traditionally fish pasta dishes do not take the usual sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese however I can't resist the unami taste and usually go light but need a little something!

Crab Fra Diavalo

1 16 oz can of crab meat
1 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
1.5 tbsp crushed red pepper
3 cloves of garlic - smashed and diced
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 c white wine
4 tbsp fresh basil - chiffonade
salt & pepper

1) In a wok pan, heat some oil - add the garlic and red pepper
2) Once garlic begins to brown, add the crab and begin to saute it
3) Add the tomato and mix together
4) Once it begins to simmer, add salt, pepper and wine, cover and allow to simmer for 10 min
5) Just before serving add the fresh basil and mix