Linguine with Crab and Broccoli in a Lemon Pepper Sauce

linguine with crab and broccoli


  • 8 oz lump crabmeat
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1 TBS olive oil plus more for the final dish
  • zest from one lemon
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • freshly ground pepper
  • salt to taste


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the linguine and cook per the package directions. With 2 minutes left, add the broccoli.
  • Save about 1 cup of the pasta water.
  • Drain the pasta and broccoli and set aside.
  • Return the same pot to the burner over medium heat. Add the butter and the pressed or minced garlic and swirl.
  • Stir in the lemon zest and half of the lemon juice
  • Add the pasta and the broccoli with about half a cup of the reserved water.
  • Gently stir in the crab, adding more water if needed.
  • Drizzle in about a tablespoon of good quality olive oil
  • Finish with a generous amount of freshly ground pepper.
  • Taste and add more lemon juice if desired.


This is a simple, yet very delicious dish

Prep time includes time for water to boil (est)

Keywords: linguine, crab, easy dinner