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Lemony Crab and Zucchini Pasta
Lemony Crab and Zucchini Pasta
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Easily replace some of your usual pasta with thin strands of zucchini for a lower-carbohydrate supper that doesn't compromise on taste or texture.

Course: DInner
Cuisine: Healthy
Keyword: crab, pasta, seafood, zucchini
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 539 kcal
Author: kellie anderson
  • 150 g pasta shapes or linguine/spaghetti
  • 3 tbsp raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil plus more to drizzle
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small zucchini/courgette washed
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • rocket/arugula leaves
  • 200 g white crabmeat fresh or defrosted frozen
  • 1 red chilli deseeded and minced - optional
  1. Boil the pasta in lightly salted water for the time directed on the packet.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, toast the sunflower seeds in a medium-hot wide saute pan until golden and smelling fragrant - about two minutes. Shake the pan once or twice while toasting. Pour into a dish and set aside for now.

  3. Grate or spiralize the zucchini.

  4. In the same pan as the seeds were toasted, heat the oil over a medium flame. Add the garlic and optional chilli, along with a good pinch of salt and fresh black pepper. When the garlic is fragrant and coloured, add the crab and zucchini, stirring until coated in the oil and garlic.

  5. Drain the pasta and tip it into the pan with the garlicky crab. Toss well then divide between two plates. Add a drizzle more olive oil then top with the sunflower seeds and rocket leaves,

Recipe Notes

If you want to make this vegan, try using white beans in place of the crab, adding a a couple of teaspoons of ground, dried seaweed.


Amp the nutritional power by adding leftover roasted vegetables, quality antipasti vegetables in good oil or slices of soft, ripe avocado!

Nutrition Facts
Lemony Crab and Zucchini Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 539 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 850mg37%
Potassium 694mg20%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 332IU7%
Vitamin C 59mg72%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.