Chilli prawn linguine

Chilli prawn linguine

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(53 ratings)

Takes 25-30 minutes


Serves 6
An elegant, low-fat seafood dish, perfect for mid-week entertaining - very light and stylish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy


  • kcal333
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre3g
  • protein32g
  • salt0.9g
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  • 280g linguine pasta
  • 200g sugar snap pea, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • 2 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 large red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • 24 raw king prawn, peeled
  • 12 cherry tomato, halved
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves
  • mixed salad leaves and crusty white bread, to serve

For the lime dressing

  • 2 tbsp virtually fat-free fromage frais
  • grated zest and juice of 2 limes



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 tsp golden caster sugar


  1. Mix the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Add the sugar snap peas for the last minute or so of cooking time.

  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan, toss in the garlic and chilli and cook over a fairly gentle heat for about 30 seconds without letting the garlic brown. Tip in the prawns and cook over a high heat, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes until they turn pink.

  4. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes until they just start to soften. Drain the pasta and sugar snaps well, then toss into the prawn mixture. Tear in the basil leaves, stir, and season with salt and pepper.

  5. Serve with salad leaves drizzled with the lime dressing, and warm crusty bread.

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21st Jun, 2016
Looked like a great recipe, but I worried about the negative comments, where they poor cooks or a poor recipe? IMO the sweet and sour is 'seriously unbalanced', way, way too much lime, which overrides the chilli & garlic (some task) let alone the prawns! 'Might' be a good recipe if the citrus is turned down!
garden grown
3rd Jun, 2016
This recipe first appeared in June 1998, it reappeared in October 2002
22nd Jul, 2015
Absolutely delicious. Will definitely make again.
25th May, 2015
Good recipe. I added an extra half a chilli and garlic clove. Also blended up up 20 plum tomatoes with an extra handful of basil and drizzle of olive oil to make more of a sauce as it seemed like it might be a bit dry. It was perfect.
8th Dec, 2014
This was an awesome recipe, although I did not make the salad. The spiciness of the peppers, crunchy snap peas, and delicate prawn flavour made a delicious dinner. I did add a small amount of the pasta water to add a bit extra sauce to the dish. Will definitely make it again!!
18th Aug, 2014
Sorry fusion food that's gone horribly wrong. When have sugar snap peas gone together with pasta and fromage frais lime dressing. Yuck! One of the worse dishes I've ever eaten, I will remove it from my recipe collection never to be repeated again! An awful recipe. I cannot give a star at all.
16th Jun, 2014
Enjoyable but little flavour.
11th Jun, 2014
Really, great tasting dish with a kick. Very easy and quick to make. However, wash hands thoroughly before touching any body parts!
6th Apr, 2014
I absolutely love this. Simple to make, yet looks and tastes like an experienced cook made it :)
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16th Mar, 2014
I halved the quantities as I was just cooking for my girlfriend and I, but I reckon we could've eaten more of it! I'm normally a terrible cook but found this recipe very easy to make, my girlfriend loved the lime salad dressing. Unfortunately I didn't have any basil leaves so didn't put that in but it was still delicious, but after reading the other comment below I think I'll definitely have to use the basil next time to compare! Thanks!


23rd Jan, 2014
Struggle to get fromage frais where I live, can I use Greek yoghurt or creme freche instead?
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29th Jan, 2014
Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. Good idea - both of these are good substitutes for fromage frais. Thanks and hope you enjoy the pasta!BBC Good Food team
28th Jan, 2015
I added a little bit of fresh grated ginger with the chilli & Garlic I found this really good