52 prawn recipes
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
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
Flavour prawns with harissa, dill, garlic and lemon, then serve swirled through orzo pasta for a speedy but sophisticated midweek dinner.
Healthy food doesn't have to be boring – this spicy prawn pasta has a spicy chilli kick to keep it interesting.
Large juicy prawns with punchy chilli and orecchiette is an easy way to impress friends at your next dinner party.
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.
Impressing your dinner date has never been easier – this dill butter prawn linguine only needs a few ingredients and cuts corners with potted shrimp.
In this recipe, king prawns pair with the sea vegetable samphire to make an easy linguine dish.
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.
These peri peri prawns are quick and easy to make and are under 300 calories
This super easy prawn recipe is packed with plenty of flavour, and it's low in calories. A wholesome midweek meal for two.
Toss juicy pink prawns with peppery watercress to make a simple but satisfying stir-fry that’s ready in 20 minutes.
Plenty of spice, fresh prawns and ripe tomatoes are key to this authentic Pakistani prawn curry, finished with green chilli and ginger.
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.
This Jamaican prawn and sweet potato curry is easy, ready in under an hour and under 500 calories.
Prawn starter recipes
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.
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.
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.
Serve shell-on king prawns sizzling in a pool of paprika, sherry and garlic-infused oil, with plenty of crusty bread to mop up the flavours.
This easy recipe, where plump prawns sit in a deliciously garlicky, spicy oil, is perfect for entertaining. Don’t forget the crusty bread for mopping up all of those wonderful juices.
No need to wait for barbecue season to enjoy these tandoori prawns. They're ideal as a starter with a kachumber salad or as a dinner party canapé – juicy, flavourful and no tandoor required.
These juicy tiger prawns, served with chilli, garlic and charred lemon, make an impressive Mediterranean-inspired starter that can be whipped up at the last minute.
Juicy prawns, spicy 'nduja pesto and crumbly feta are the star ingredients in this orzo salad recipe. Plenty more salad recipes here.
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.
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.
Delight friends with these impressive summer rolls, combining prawns with mint, vermicelli noodles, lettuce, ginger, carrot and coriander.
Other prawn dishes
Put fresh prawns at the heart of this easy Mexican soup – perfect for an easy midweek meal.
Try this creamy seafood stew with haddock for a comforting dinner for two ready in 30 minutes.
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.
An easy fish stew with juicy butterflied prawns and sweet red peppers. This vibrant dish is low in calories and ready in 30 minutes.
Pair juicy prawns with white fish, creamy butter beans, feta and earthy kale in a flavoursome tomato sauce. This easy one-pot dinner is ready in just 40 minutes.
This comforting risotto uses the entire crustacean, as the shells form a rich seafood stock for the rice to absorb before incorporating the plump cooked prawns.
Prawns are the star ingredient in Maunika Gowardhan’s crowd-pleasing savoury Goan pie (Apa de camarão).
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.
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.
Make your own paprika-laced prawn fajitas in less than half an hour for a punchy midweek meal.
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.
Prawns are used instead of chicken in this caesar salad recipe to give it a more summery feel.
Believe it or not, prawns and gooseberries are made for each other. Try them together in this super simple BBQ recipe.
Make the most of king prawns in this noodle salad sweet and juicy mango and crunchy veggies.
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.
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.