One-pan prawn pilau

One-pan prawn pilau

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(83 ratings)

Ready in 25-30 mins


Serves 4
Make an exotic meal without fuss with this one-pan prawn pilau

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal340
  • fat3g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs65g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein18g
  • salt2.38g
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  • 2 tbsp korma curry paste (Patak's is good)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 300g basmati rice, rinsed and drained
  • 700ml chicken stock made from a cube
  • 150g pack cooked peeled prawns, defrosted if frozen



    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

  • cupful frozen peas



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 1 red chilli, sliced into rings



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • handful coriander leaves, chopped
  • lemon wedges, to serve



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…


  1. Heat a large wide pan and dry-fry the curry paste with the onions for 4-5 mins until the onion begins to soften. Add the rice to the pan and stir to coat in the curry paste. Add the stock, then bring to the boil.

  2. Cover the pan and turn the heat down to low. Leave the rice to simmer slowly for 12-15 mins until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked. Turn off the heat and stir in the prawns, peas and chilli. Cover the pan and leave to stand for 5 mins.

  3. Fluff up the rice grains with a fork and season if you want. Scatter over the coriander and serve with lemon wedges.

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Comments (95)

realfood's picture

I made this with Pataks balti curry paste, added 140g of pancetta with the onions and fried them together. We love prawns so I added 450g of small prawns instead of 150g. The family loved it and can't wait to have it again. It is so easy to prepare that it makes midweek meals a doddle.

paulnlondon's picture

Wonderful supper dish - the idea was to leave some for tomorrow's lunch but that's not happening! I'm looking forward to trying the chicken and kedgeree versions soon too.

noodlenest's picture

Just made this for dinner - we all loved it! Very quick easy and tasty.

saerah's picture

This is my ultimate stand by. I have made this with sweetcorn, chickpeas, extra hot madras paste, large prawns, small economy prawns to name but a few of the changes. It always turns out light and fluffy and there are never any leftovers!

josp74's picture

I used curry powder as had no paste in but still very nice. As my husband doesn't like curry I made it for one but it was very simple to reduce the quantities and very easy to make. Next time I would do chicken instead of the prawns but will definitely make again.

abanium's picture

Extremely easy to make, practically idiot proof! Added chicken to the leftovers the following which worked great too.

Personally didn't find two spoons of the korma sauce so will put in at least 3-4 next time.

bobnel's picture

Very easy to make and very tasty

sonyakapur's picture

So easy and yummy!

s_burgess's picture

Very easy recipe, that has been successful every time I've cooked it-which is saying something as I'm an exceptionally rookie cook!
Tastes just as good with one tbsp of Curry Paste, which is useful if you are going out in the evening!

domesticlou's picture

This is really tasty & even better heated through the next day. Somehow when shopping for ingredients I forgot the prawns & the chilli (!?) so I used 1 can smoked mackerel, one can of tuna & dried chilli flakes instead.

sarahben's picture

Fantastic recipe! Smelt & tasted great. I used Patak's Tikka Marsala paste. Will definately be making this again soon, not sure if I'd add the chilli next time.

pmr747's picture

Loved it and so simple

ashpash's picture

This is a great mid-week meal for the whole family - just take some out before you add the chilli for younger kids.

dlockhart's picture

This is a fabulous recipe and one of my favourite storecupboard meals! I like to added some toasted cashew nuts or almonds and serve with cooling natural yoghurt.

Try omitting the prawns and using smoked haddock and boiled eggs to make kedgeree.

coadyxxx's picture

The peawn pilau was very nice I am on a low fat diet and always looking for something my whole family will enjoy, and they all did.
I will try it with the chicken next time


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