gordon ramsay's king crab capellini

Gordon Ramsay’s King Crab Capellini: A Luxurious Pasta Delight

Discover the rich flavors and elegant presentation of Gordon Ramsay’s King Crab Capellini, an exquisite dish that elevates the dining experience to new heights. This article will take you on a culinary journey through the creation of this luxurious pasta delight.

Preparing King Crab pasta involves careful selection of the best ingredients and precision in cooking. Follow these key steps for a meal that’s sure to impress.

King Crab Capellini Recipe

King Crab Capellini Recipe

Gordon Ramsay says to start with the freshest Alaskan King Crab Meat. The red variety is highly prized for its succulent taste and rich texture. Complement it with thin, delicate Capellini (angel hair pasta) for a well-balanced dish.

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  • 1/2 lb Alaskan King Crab Meat

  • 1/2 lb Capellini

  • 2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 small Garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 Red chili seeded and minced

  • 2 Green onions, white and green parts finely chopped

  • Kosher salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • Dry white wine

  • 1 Lime Juice of plus for garnish

  • 1 Tbsp Flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • When it comes to a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente, about 4 minutes. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Sauté the garlic, chili, and green onion for 1–2 minutes, then season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the wine to the pan, increase the heat to medium, and cook for a minute until the wine is almost evaporated. Add the lime juice and crab meat, stir to combine, and allow to heat through.
  • Drain the pasta, then add it to the pan. Sprinkle with parsley and toss well to combine.
  • Serve with a drizzle of lime juice and extra virgin olive oil.

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Cutting King Crab Legs Before Cooking: Is It Better or Not?

The decision to cut king crab legs before cooking is largely a matter of personal preference and your chosen cooking method. Cutting the legs can make it easier to fit them into a pot and can also make it easier to access the meat once they are cooked. However, some cook them whole to preserve the meat’s moisture and flavor. Cutting the crab legs isn’t necessary if you are steaming or boiling them, but cutting them can allow for better-seasoning penetration if you are grilling or baking.

Best Method for Cooking King Crab Legs

The best method for cooking king crab legs is subjective and can vary based on personal preference. However, steaming and baking are among the most popular and effective methods. Steaming king crab legs let them heat quickly while retaining moisture and flavor. Baking in the oven with some water in the pan can also yield delicious results, as the gentle heat helps warm the crab without drying it out.

How Long Does It Take to Cook Capellini?

Capellini, also known as angel hair pasta, is very thin and delicate. It cooks much faster than thicker pasta varieties. Generally, Capellini takes 2 to 3 minutes to cook in a pot of boiling salted water. Check the pasta frequently to avoid overcooking, as Capellini can quickly become too soft.

Can You Cook King Crab Legs in the Oven?

Yes, you can certainly cook king crab legs in the oven. This method is great for reheating pre-cooked crab legs:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
  2. Arrange the crab legs in a single layer in a baking dish.
  3. Add a splash of water, or use a mix of water and lemon juice, white wine, or garlic butter for additional flavor.
  4. Cover the dish with aluminum foil to keep the moisture in.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. The crab legs may require a few extra minutes if they are particularly large.

Remember, since most king crab legs are already cooked when you purchase them, you’re only reheating them to an enjoyable temperature.

Last Updated on January 15, 2024 by John Siracusa


  • John Siracusa

    Hi, I'm John. I've worked in the Food Service industry for over 25 years, working in my family's business. Cooking for me has always been an art infused with traditions. My career was inspired by Hell's Kitchen, the West Side of Manhattan, which has one of New York City's best independent restaurant communities. I also admire Gordon Ramsay's no-nonsense approach to always being your best.

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