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Best spicy recipes

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

Spicy coconut chicken soup

This slurp-able bowl of comforting noodles was inspired by classic Thai red curry. The freshness of the DIY curry paste really sings in this soup, and will help ward off any winter blues.

A bowl of chicken soup in a red-tinged broth with lime on the side

Spicy wonton soup

This hot and sour broth epitomises Sichuan cooking – spicy, sour and packed full of umami. All the better with delicate little wonton dumplings soaking up the broth.

A bowl filled with dumplings in a broth

Spicy lamb filo pie

An aromatic blend of lamb, sweet spices, harissa and sweet potato, all wrapped up in a crisp filo case and drenched in yogurt hummus sauce.

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Chicken madras

This spicy curry is a classic chicken dish that we've made healthier, so it comes in at less than 300 calories.

Pan of chicken madras topped with coriander

Spicy prawn fajitas

Make your own paprika-laced prawn fajitas in less than half an hour for a punchy midweek meal.

Easy Prawn Fajitas Recipe

Grilled lamb cutlets in spicy green miso

Recipe author, Luiz Hara says… “This spicy green miso is zingy, fresh and a fantastic accompaniment to lamb, fatty mackerel or chicken thighs. It is a doddle to make but packs a real punch of umami flavour and chilli heat. If you are not a huge fan of coriander, you can use other green herbs such as basil or tarragon.”

Lamb Cutlets Recipe with Green Miso

Thai red curry mussels

This recipe for Thai red curry mussels is a great new way to serve mussels. It's a really easy dish to make, is ready in just 30 minutes and is under 300 calories but is still packed with flavour and a great chilli kick.

Spicy sausage calzones

It's easier to make this family favourite than you think with our recipe for spicy sausage calzones, plus they're freezer-friendly

Chicken tinga

This smoky, spicy Mexican one-pot freezes well if you have any leftover – serve in tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, or simply in bowls with rice and a dollop of yogurt as a comforting Friday night dinner.

A plate of Mexican chicken with lime slices and coriander

Spicy crab and sweetcorn chowder with avocado

Tinned crab works really well in cooked dishes and is a fraction of the price of fresh. Use crab meat in this delicious spicy chowder packed with delicious fresh ingredients and zingy lime and avocado.

Spicy squid with Japanese BBQ sauce

This recipe for spicy squid with Japanese BBQ sauce is a great new way to use squid and makes a great quick and easy starter for 2

Sri Lankan veggie curry

Sri Lankan curries are heavily spiced, chilli-hot and rich with coconut milk. This version is easy, vegan and under 500 calories

Spicy Catalan mussels with almond picada

A quick and easy starter of spicy Catalan mussels with almond picada from Oldroyd's

Asian ham baguette with spicy cucumber

Asian flavours and pickled cucumber give this ham baguette a spicy kick. It's really easy to make in half an hour, so a perfect lunchtime treat or quick dinner recipe

Parsi spiced eggs

Spice-up scrambled eggs for breakfast with red chilli, root ginger and garam masala. This quick and easy recipe is typical of the Parsi community of South Asia and will impress any house guest. On the table in just 20 minutes.

Prawn laksa (spicy noodle soup)

This quick meal for two hails from Malaysia and takes just 20 minutes to prepare. Warming prawn noodle broth with spicy Laksa paste is topped with cucumber and coriander.

Spicy fish burger with chilli mayo

This recipe for spicy fish burgers with chilli mayo is a great recipe to have on-hand midweek. It's super-quick (ready in under 30 minutes) and easy, but is packed full of flavour and a chilli hit.

Cheat's spicy pork ramen

Ramen may seem like one of those dishes you can't recreate at home, but this recipe for cheat’s spicy pork ramen changes that. Rather than spending hours making stock, we buy a good flavoured one and spike it with Asian aromatics. Why not have a look at some of our other cheat's takeaway dishes?


Burrata, romesco and red chilli

Edinburgh's Noto effortlessly crafts a no-cook festive starter by combining creamy burrata with a Spanish romesco sauce, enhanced with a kick from gochujang.

A whole burrata ball on a small serving plate with romesco pepper underneath it and on top

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