Make our garlic prawns and then check out our prawn and watercress stir-fry, healthy stir-fried prawns, kung pao prawns, tandoori king prawns and more gluten-free dinner recipes.

How to make the perfect garlic prawns: cook's tips

  • Look for sweet smoked paprika or regular smoked paprika – if using hot smoked paprika then omit the chilli flakes. White wine or vermouth will work if you don’t have dry sherry.
  • Serve as part of a tapas spread or simply with bread and a green salad for a light lunch.
  • This recipe is equally good with other seafood, try clams, mussels, or squid (calamari), and adjust the cooking time accordingly.


  • 100ml good-quality olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped (not crushed)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 300g raw shell-on king prawns (thawed if frozen)
  • 2 tbsp dry sherry
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • handful of parsley, finely chopped


  • STEP 1

    Warm the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium-low heat and gently cook the garlic for 2 mins until lightly golden. Stir in the paprika, chilli, prawns and sherry. Turn the heat up slightly, and cook for 2 more mins until the prawns turn pink. Stir in the lemon, parsley and a good pinch of salt. Serve with crusty bread for mopping up the flavoured oil, and a finger bowl.

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