18 Jan2011


Chili crab is a “house specialty” at the beach house. Over the holidays, we had some good friends and their families over for a mini reunion of sorts with highschool classmates from near and far. We made an enormous batch of chili crab, and along with lots of other food, we had quite a bit of chili crab leftover. This doesn’t happen very often but it presented an opportunity to recycle the chili crab the next day… In the past, leftover chili crab meat was incorporated into a crab torta (a kind of thin frittata) that worked very well, but this time around I had 2-2.5 cups of peeled crab meat, so I needed a dish that would use it all up.

While the pasta water came up to a rolling boil, I heated up a large skillet and added some olive oil and a small can of plum tomatoes and salt and simmered that for a few minutes. I cooked the pasta and minutes before it was done, I added the leftover chili crab mixture into the tomatoes in the skillet and stirred until it was heated through. Adjusted the seasoning by adding salt and pepper and some chopped parsley and mixed in the cooked spaghetti. This was delicious! A little watery as the chili crab mixture was moister than I expected, but overall, a nearly effortless recycled dish hit!

If you want a similar but more complex tasting crab pasta dish, check out this one I did years ago that was also delicious. :)



  1. bearhug0127 says:

    Saraaaaaap! Nakakagutom even though I just finished my breakfast!

    Jan 18, 2011 | 6:58 am


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  3. bearhug0127 says:

    Oooops, double post.

    Jan 18, 2011 | 6:58 am

  4. Betchay says:

    I’ve done your chili crab recipe thrice. Next time I have leftovers, I’ll try this one. Looks delish!!

    Jan 18, 2011 | 7:11 am

  5. millet says:


    Jan 18, 2011 | 8:23 am

  6. natie says:

    looks soooo good!

    Jan 18, 2011 | 8:33 am

  7. Leah says:


    Jan 18, 2011 | 9:52 am

  8. chinachix says:

    looks really really delish!

    Jan 18, 2011 | 10:23 am

  9. Tina says:

    thanks for the inspiration! will cook this tomorrow :)

    Jan 18, 2011 | 10:48 am

  10. Jing_Bacolod says:

    this is simply irresistible! namit :)

    Jan 18, 2011 | 11:08 am

  11. chreylle says:

    sad to say MM i cooked thrice also of this chili crab (of crs ala MM) , nothings left always :D

    Jan 18, 2011 | 12:07 pm

  12. Dreaming says:

    Oh my! This looks so very good!

    Jan 18, 2011 | 12:08 pm

  13. Anne :-) says:

    I never thought of incorporating those leftover chili crabs into a great pasta dish! I’m always to reheating them and eating them again the next morning. :-)

    MM, you did not sprinkle anymore cheese on this one?

    Jan 18, 2011 | 12:09 pm

  14. Marketman says:

    Anne, NO CHEESE. Traditionally, you NEVER add cheese to a seafood pasta in Italy. Or at least that’s what I was told. :)

    Jan 18, 2011 | 2:29 pm

  15. Sarah says:

    Gorgeous color, MM. Will try this one of these days….

    Jan 18, 2011 | 2:30 pm

  16. Susan says:

    Must never look at your blog if I have not eaten. This looks sooo good!

    Jan 18, 2011 | 5:52 pm

  17. jack says:

    i’m now craving for spaghetti…

    Jan 19, 2011 | 12:50 am

  18. Nina says:

    “Traditionally, you NEVER add cheese to a seafood pasta in Italy. Or at least that’s what I was told. :)”……except for Calamari Spaghetti in cuttlefish ink?

    Jan 19, 2011 | 1:14 am

  19. Maddie says:

    Dayymm! This looks really good! Hungry at 4:44 am!

    Jan 19, 2011 | 4:43 am

  20. axie says:

    i love sea food so i think this one os great!

    Jan 19, 2011 | 9:47 am

  21. Geph says:

    I like.

    Jan 19, 2011 | 2:46 pm

  22. tonceq says:

    it looks so creamyyyyy! :)

    Jan 19, 2011 | 8:25 pm

  23. Rio Francisco says:

    napanood ko dati sa QTV 11, sa isang cooking show tapos ang judge nila si Ms. Margarita Fores. Yung isang team nagluto ng seafood dish tapos nilagyan ng cheese sa ibabaw, sabi ni Ms. Fores enngg, in Italian cooking they don’t add/combine cheese on seafoods (basta para pong ganun yung sinabi ni Ms. Fores. heehee. tagal ko na po kasing napanood yun.)

    Jan 20, 2011 | 10:06 pm

  24. estela says:

    i love sea foods but i don’t like pasta actually but when i saw this mouth watering chili crab spaghetti a la marketman, i can say that i love pasta too

    Jan 21, 2011 | 8:20 am

  25. Candygirl says:

    Super like!

    Jan 24, 2011 | 12:48 am

  26. garieo says:


    Jan 24, 2011 | 9:14 pm

  27. ciegell says:

    wow i hope i can try this someday ..look yumyum hungry ..huh

    Feb 26, 2011 | 10:18 am


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