Curried Crab and Shrimp Pasta

My good friend Gabbi, who's from India, and I were trying to create a fusion dish with curry and pasta. This is what we came up with. Those of you who love curry will particularly enjoy this sublime sauce.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (12 ounce) package fusilli pasta

  • ½ cup salted butter

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 teaspoons curry powder, or to taste

  • ¾ pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • ½ pound fresh crabmeat, well drained

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook fusilli in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a serving bowl and keep warm.

  2. While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and 1/2 cup parsley; cook until onion is tender and has turned translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in curry powder. Add shrimp and crabmeat. Cook and stir for 4 minutes. Stir in cream, Parmesan, salt, and pepper. Bring to a gentle boil and cook until sauce thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour sauce over pasta and toss to coat. Garnish with remaining parsley.

Cook's Notes:

You can use conchiglie or rotelle in place of fusilli.

You can use frozen, thawed crabmeat instead of fresh, and whipping cream instead of heavy cream.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

547 Calories
33g Fat
45g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 547
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 20g 98%
Cholesterol 190mg 63%
Sodium 485mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 328mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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