Bolinas Crab Pasta Recipe with Citrus and Mint

Transport yourself to the charming surf town of Bolinas, California, by preparing this delectable crab pasta recipe.

From "Yummy Supper"
October 2014

  • If you buy crab that’s already cooked, cleaned and shelled, you can throw this dish together in under 30 minutes.
    Photo by Erin Scott
  • Discover 100 fresh, seasonal and honest recipes in Erin Scott’s new gluten-free cookbook “Yummy Supper.”
    Cover courtesy Rodale

Yield: 4 servings

Create simple gluten-free meals via vibrant, mouthwatering recipes from Yummy Supper (Rodale, 2014) by Erin Scott. In this excerpt, from the chapter “Sea,” Scott offers instructions for a delectable crab pasta recipe.

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Every year around Thanksgiving, Dungeness crab season begins in Bolinas, California—the charming surf town where my mom lives, just north of San Francisco. Bolinas is one beautiful spot, and it's no wonder crabs plucked from those waters taste especially good. When we glimpse the fishermen dragging their seaweed-encrusted traps to the docks, we all wiggle with anticipation. We give thanks for those tasty crustaceans.

While we look forward to the yearly ritual of buying, cooking and shelling fresh Bolinas crab, truly you don't need anything more than good-quality lump crabmeat for this recipe. If you buy the crab already cooked, cleaned, and shelled, this delectable dish can be thrown together in less than half an hour.

Bolinas Crab Pasta Recipe with Citrus and Mint


• 1 package dried spaghetti
• 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1/2 pound cooked crabmeat
• Plenty of sea salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• Zest of 2 lemons
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
• Red-pepper flakes (optional)
• 1 lemon, quartered


1. Start by cooking your pasta. (Stir gluten-free pasta vigorously at the beginning of cooking to ensure the strands don't stick together.)

2. In the meantime, melt the butter in a large skillet over low heat. Add the lemon juice, then toss in the cooked crab and season generously with salt and pepper.

3. Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the large skillet. Stir the pasta to coat, cover, and let the flavors mingle for a few minutes before serving.

4. Scoop your pasta into shallow bowls. Top with the lemon zest, mint, a few more grinds of black pepper, and red-pepper flakes (if you like the spice). Give everyone his or her own lemon wedge to squeeze over the pasta, giving the dish one last splash of citrus brightness before taking a bite. Serves 4.

Find more recipes and inspiration from Erin Scott in Bite of Life on the West Coast.

Reprinted from Yummy Supper by Erin Scott. © 2014 by Erin Scott. By permission of Rodale Books. Available wherever books are sold. Purchase this book from our store: Yummy Supper.

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