Looking for prawn recipes? Try our top prawn dishes, from garlic prawns to prawn curry, and plenty of simple starter ideas for your next dinner party…
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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
Easy prawn recipes
20 minutes is all it takes to make this mean midweek pasta dish, flavoured with all the good things: white wine, butter, olive oil and prawns.
Toss juicy pink prawns with peppery watercress to make a simple but satisfying stir-fry that’s ready in 20 minutes.
Juicy prawns sit alongside white fish, butter beans, feta and kale in this warming fish stew, ready on the table in just 40 minutes.
An absolute classic, made that bit more exciting by adding rose harissa paste and plenty of fresh lime to the mix. With only 15 minutes prep time, this is the perfect dinner party starter.
Flavour prawns with harissa, dill, garlic and lemon, then serve swirled through orzo pasta for a speedy but sophisticated midweek dinner.
Prawns are the star ingredient in Maunika Gowardhan’s crowd-pleasing savoury Goan pie (Apa de camarão).
Large juicy prawns with punchy chilli and orecchiette is an easy way to impress friends at your next dinner party.
in this recipe, king prawns pair with the sea vegetable samphire to make an easy linguine dish.
Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring – this spicy prawn pasta has a spicy chilli kick to keep it interesting.
Juicy prawns, spicy ‘nduja pesto and crumbly feta are the star ingredients in this orzo salad recipe. Plenty more salad recipes here.
Prawn stir fry recipes
Put king prawns to work in this classic Thai dish, full of vibrant flavours and ready in half an hour.
Stir fragrant spices with juicy king prawns and sweet peppers for a protein-packed midweek meal ready in under half an hour.
Our Moroccan prawn rice bowl delivers big flavours in no time at all – and it’s under 500 calories. Perfect for a mid-week meal.
This Kung Pao shrimp recipe is a really low-calorie stir-fry and is served in a homemade sauce with noodles or rice. Add Szechuan peppercorns and chilli flakes to spice things up. Best stir-fry recipes here.
Make the most of prawns in our skinny pad Thai packed full of authentic Thai flavours but without the high calorie count, perfect for midweek meals.
We’ve used King prawns as a hero ingredient in our take on the classic Japanese recipe, yaki soba.
Make the most of juicy king prawns by slathering in this buttery garlicky sauce – a light, punchy dinner idea ready in 20 minutes.
These hot and spicy Chinese-style noodles with fresh prawns only take 15 minutes to whip up – a quick and easy midweek meal.
This super easy prawn recipe is packed with plenty of flavour, and it’s low in calories. A wholesome midweek meal for two.
Try our vibrant green coconut prawn curry with chilli, coriander and curry leaves. We’ve used shell-on prawns as they add so much flavour, although you could make this with shelled prawns as well.
Make the most of juicy prawns in this Massaman curry, packed with plenty of fragrant flavours.
This 10-minute prawn curry is super easy to make and, yep, ready in just 10 minutes. Ideal for a speedy midweek meal.
Make our Indian curry recipe packed with juicy prawns, creamy coconut milk and crunchy green beans. This light, fragrant Indian curry originates from Goa.
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.
Prawn starter recipes
Take your starter to the next level by adding champagne to your king prawn vol-au-vents.
This sriracha prawn and avocado cocktail is a quick and easy throw-together starter but still packs a punch flavour-wise. Try our easy dinner party starter recipes here.
These fresh and easy rice paper rolls are filled with prawns, avocado, chilli and ginger, shredded carrot and noodles. Serve with chilli sauce for a dip.
Empanadas are dough turnovers which originated in Portugal and are now also popular in many Latin American countries. Here are ours stuffed with prawns and spring onion.
Make this shrimp Skagen recipe for a sophisticated change to a traditional prawn cocktail. It’s super quick to make, why not try it as a simple starter.
Other prawn dishes
Fill tortillas with punchy stir-fried prawns and a chopped tomato and coriander salad to make the speediest midweek tacos ready in just 10 minutes! Check out more of our taco recipes here.
Try this creamy seafood stew with haddock for a comforting dinner for two ready in 30 minutes.
Believe it or not, prawns and gooseberries are made for each other. Try them together in this super simple BBQ recipe.
Use a pack of ready-cooked or left-over rice to put a super-fast (and low calorie) king prawn salad together. Make it green with edamame beans, cucumber and avocado.
The Vietnamese community of Houston, Texas, has created its own twist on a crawfish boil by frying them in a mixture of Cajun and Vietnamese seasonings. We’ve substituted king prawns for the crayfish.
Put fresh prawns at the heart of this easy Mexican soup – perfect for an easy midweek meal.
Make the most of prawns in this aguachile salad recipe. Traditionally, raw prawns would be used but we’ve used cooked here to cut down on time.
Ready in just 30 minutes, this quick prawn 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.
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.
An easy fish stew with juicy butterflied prawns and sweet red peppers. This vibrant dish is low in calories and ready in 30 minutes.
Make the most of king prawns in this noodle salad sweet and juicy mango and crunchy veggies.
Make your own paprika-laced prawn fajitas in less than half an hour for a punchy midweek meal.