Pasta With Shrimp, Oysters, and Crabmeat recipe for month of December 2023

This recipe came from my mother-in-law. Their family tradition was to have fish on Christmas Eve. I carried on that tradition with my own family. If you don’t care for oysters, like me, then simply omit that step. The key is to use fresh ingredients, not dried. My guests can’t get enough of this — it’s well worth the effort! Serve with garlic bread.

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 45 mins


  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 ¼ cups chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (16 ounce) package bow tie pasta
  • 2 (10 ounce) containers shucked small oysters, drained
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ¼ pounds peeled and deveined small shrimp
  • 1 pound fresh lump crabmeat
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. Melt 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup olive oil together in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Stir in the 1 1/4 cups of parsley, and cook for 1 minute more. Season with lemon juice, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper; set aside.

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a few cups of water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Stir in the oysters and turn off the heat. Allow the oysters to stand for 3 minutes, then drain and set aside. Melt 1/4 cup butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil together in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the shrimp, and cook until they turn pink and begin to firm. Add the crab meat and drained oysters; continue cooking until the shrimp have turned opaque in the center, and the crab is hot.

  4. Toss the seafood with the drained pasta, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour in the sauce, and toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of chopped parsley before serving.

Recipe Tip

Use your favorite semolina pasta for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 818
Total Fat 47g
Saturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 257mg
Sodium 629mg
Total Carbohydrate 58g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 42g
Vitamin C 30mg
Calcium 125mg
Iron 9mg
Potassium 727mg
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