Crayfish Pasta


Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Serves 4



1 crayfish
½ cup Chorizo, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp Ashgrove butter
½ cup Celery, diced
2 Shallots, diced
½ chorizo sausage, sliced
200ml Cloverhill Sparkling wine
2 Tbsp Meander Valley Creme fraiche
2 sprigs of Thyme
Bunch of chives, chopped
2 cups spaghetti, cooked to packet instructions
To serve;
1 Lemon

Pinch of Tasman Sea Salt



Step 1 Boil water in a large pot, blanch whole crayfish for 2 minutes. Remove crayfish and set aside.

Step 2 For the sauce, place pan over a low to medium heat. Add in diced chorizo, garlic, butter and toss together. Add in celery and shallots, stir and saute for 5 minutes.

Step 3 Meanwhile to remove the tail of the crayfish, hold the body and the tail, twist until you hear a pop, then pull the tail away from the body. To cut the tail, either use a pair of kitchen shears and cut down both sides of the underbelly, or cut in between each portion/tender section of the tail. Remove meat from shell and place the shells into the pan for 1-2 minutes.

Step 4 Remove shells from the pan. Roughly chop crayfish into bite size pieces and add to the pan along with sliced chorizo, saute for 1-2 minutes. Add wine and reduce down to roughly 100-150ml. Add creme fraiche, thyme, chives, spaghetti and stir together.

Serve with a drizzle of fresh lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt.


Seafood, PastaSimon Hamilton