Orecchiette Pasta Recipe with Prawns

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Prawns are a delicious and versatile ingredient that can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways. From curries and salads to Middle Eastern recipes, our best ever prawn collection has it all


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Prawns are a great midweek meal ingredient as they only take minutes to cook. You can buy them chilled or frozen, raw or ready-cooked. Always defrost frozen prawns thoroughly to ensure safe and even cooking. Most recipes will specify shell-on or peeled but peeled are probably the most widely sold and convenient.

How to cook prawns

  1. Frying prawns: To fry simply heat oil in a pan until smoking hot. Add peeled prawns and cook until pink (if using pre-cooked a couple of minutes will be enough to heat through).
  2. Boiling prawns: If you prefer to boil raw peeled prawns (before adding to a prawn cocktail for example) drop into boiling water with salt and juice of a lemon and cook for 3-4 minutes until pink then drain well.
  3. Grilling prawns: Large raw shell-on prawns can be grilled either on a griddle, under a hot grill or on the BBQ in the summer. Just toss in oil and seasoning then cook for about 3 minutes per side until they turn from silvery grey to bright pink.  You can tell prawns are cooked when they turn pink, curl up and feel firm when squeezed.


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Prawn pasta recipes

Prawn linguine with ’nduja

'Nduja is a spicy, spreadable sausage from Italy. It works really well in this recipe for prawn linguine with 'nduja, which is super-quick and easy to make, but is packed with big Italian flavours. This is perfect for a midweek meal.

Prawn orecchiette with roasted-shell olive oil

Check out our easy orecchiette recipe with large juicy prawns and punchy chilli. Impress your friends with this simple yet flavour packed pasta recipe this weekend.

Orecchiette Pasta Recipe with Prawns

Linguine with samphire and prawns

The best recipe for samphire. This easy dish is made with linguine and pairs the sea vegetable samphire with king prawns in a super-quick pasta sauce.

Linguine Pasta Recipe with Samphire and Prawns

Spicy prawn linguine

Healthy food doesn't have to be boring. This spicy prawn linguine has a spicy chilli kick to keep it interesting. It's so delicious you'll forget that you're being virtuous.

Spicy Prawn Linguine Pasta Recipe

’Nduja prawns with orzo, feta and olive salad

Check out our orzo salad recipe with spicy 'nduja pesto, crumbly feta and juicy prawns. Make this simple salad for an easy low calorie meal.

Feta and Olive Salad Recipe with 'Nduja Prawns

Prawn stir fry recipes

10-minute Moroccan prawn rice bowl

This recipe for 10-minute Moroccan prawn rice bowl delivers big flavours in no time AND it's under 500 calories, making it perfect for a mid-week meal.

Kung pao prawns

This Kung Pao shrimp recipe is a really low calorie stir-fry and is served in a homemade sauce with noodles or rice. The Szechuan peppercorns and chilli flakes add some spice to the prawns while the cashew nuts add a crunchy texture to the dish.

Kung Pao Shrimp Recipe

Healthier pad Thai

This recipe for skinny pad Thai is packed full of authentic Thai flavours but without the high calorie count as we've used courgette instead of normal noodles. It's really easy to make, ready in under 30 minutes and well under 300 calories, perfect for midweek.

King prawn yaki soba

Check out our take on the classic Japanese recipe, yaki soba. We've used King prawns, but you can easily change things up with chicken or strips of beef if you like. It’s the sauce that really makes this.

King Prawn Yaki Soba

Bang bang chilli prawn stir fry

You don't have to spend hours in the kitchen to make something delicious. Using a few clever shortcuts from Tesco, this bang bang chilli prawn stir-fry is ready in just 20 minutes.

Bang bang chilli prawn stir fry

Szechuan prawn noodles

These hot and spicy Chinese-style noodles only take 15 minutes to whip up so they'd make a great quick and easy mid-week meal if you're stuck for time or craving some healthy, low cal fast food.

Szechuan Noodles Recipe With Prawns

Quick peri peri prawns

These peri peri prawns are quick and easy to make and are under 300 calories

Easy prawn jambalaya

Check out this colourful prawn jambalaya. This super easy recipe is packed with plenty of flavour, and it's low in calories. A wholesome midweek meal for two.

Easy Jambalaya Recipe with Prawns

Prawn curry recipes

Prawn massaman curry

Massaman curry comes from southern Thailand and is not as fiery as green or red Thai curries. We love the fragrant flavours and the texture that the peanuts add.

Quick prawn curry

This 10-minute prawn curry is super easy to make and, yep, ready in just 10 minutes - perfect for a speedy midweek meal. Just give a ready-made paste a lift with a kick of fresh ginger and garlic and you have an (almost) instant curry.

Quick Prawn Curry Recipe

Prawn caldine

Check out this quick and easy Indian curry recipe packed with juicy prawns, creamy coconut milk and crunchy green beans. This light, fragrant Indian curry originates from Goa.

Prawn Caldine Curry Recipe

Prawn masala

This simple prawn masala is super-easy to make, ready in under an hour AND comes in at under 500 calories, perfect if you're on the 5:2 diet. It's so delicious you'll forget you're being virtuous.

Prawn Masala Recipe

Tamarind prawn curry

Prawn curry in under half an hour, even when you make your own spice paste. Add tamarind and coconut milk for flavour and serve with rice and chapatis.

Tamarind prawn curry

Jamaican prawn and sweet potato curry

This Jamaican prawn and sweet potato curry is easy, ready in under an hour and under 500 calories.

Jamaican Curry Recipe With Prawns and Sweet Potato

Prawn starter recipes

Sriracha prawn and avocado cocktail

This sriracha prawn and avocado cocktail is a really quick and easy, throw-together starter but still packs a punch flavour-wise. Try our easy dinner party starter recipes here...

Prawn and avocado Vietnamese summer rolls

Fresh and easy rice paper rolls. These are filled with prawns, avocado, chilli and ginger, shredded carrot and noodles. Serve with chilli sauce for a dip.

Prawn and avocado Vietnamese summer rolls

Spring onion and prawn empanadas

The spring onions for this should be a decent size – if they look a bit weedy use 1½ bunches. Empanadas are dough turnovers which originated in Portugal and are now also popular in many Latin American countries.

Skagen toast

Invented by Swede Tore Wretman in 1958, skagen is now firmly established as a traditional dish. It's super quick to make, why not try it as a simple starter. It's really easy and makes a nice, sophisticated change to a prawn cocktail.

Other prawn dishes

Mexican prawn soup

Check out our hearty Mexican soup recipe with king prawns. This easy one-pot dish is packed with flavour and has under 300 calories for an easy midweek meal.

Mexican Soup Recipe with Prawns

Prawn aguachile salad

Check out our quick and easy prawn aguachile salad recipe. Aguachile’ means ‘chilli water’ in Spanish, referring to the fiery dressing. Traditionally, raw prawns would be used but we’ve used cooked here to cut down on time.

Aguachile Recipe with Prawns

Tom yum soup

Check out our quick and easy tom yum soup recipe with crunchy peeled prawns, punchy chillies and soft button mushrooms.

Tom Yum Soup with Prawns

Light prawn laksa

Check out our light prawn laksa recipe. Ready in just 30 minutes, this quick and easy laksa recipe is packed with punchy flavour and is super simple to make. What's more, it's low in calories and low in salt.

low salt light prawn laksa

Prawn and pepper gumbo

A colourful jumble of tiger prawns, smoked bacon, green peppers and paprika, served with rice. Plus it's under 300 calories per serving and is ready in 35 minutes.

Prawn and pepper gumbo

Smoky prawn, pepper and new potato stew

Check out this easy fish stew recipe with juicy butterflied prawns and sweet red peppers. This vibrant dish is low in calories and ready in 30 minutes.

Fish Stew Recipe with Prawns and Potato

Mango and prawn rice noodle salad

Check out our quick and easy noodle salad recipe with fresh king prawns, sweet and juicy mango and crunchy veggies. This super bright salad is low in calories and ready in 25 minutes – an easy midweek meal for the family.

Prawn Rice Noodle Salad Recipe with Mango

Prawn and mushroom miso soup

This super quick and easy prawn and mushroom miso soup means you can have a healthy but comforting meal on the table in just 15 minutes - perfect for a midweek supper.

Prawn Noodle Soup With Miso and Mushrooms

Dan Doherty's maple-glazed cornbread with jumbo shrimp

Cornbread is a southern American classic. Dan Doherty from Duck and Waffle has given it his own twist with this recipe for maple-glazed cornbread with jumbo shrimp, charred corn and chilli tomato ragout.