Garlic prawns with Asian puy lentils

Garlic prawns with Asian puy lentils

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(44 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus marinating


Serves 4
Don't dismiss lentils too quickly - they're filling, healthy and easy to combine with other flavours, as this dish proves.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal349
  • fat12g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre5g
  • protein33g
  • salt1.89g
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  • 400g raw, peeled tiger prawn, defrosted if frozen
  • 2 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • zest and juice 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 200g Puy lentil



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sesame seed, toasted
  • bunch coriander, leaves roughly chopped


  1. Place the prawns in a shallow dish. Mix together half the finely chopped chilli, lime zest and juice, garlic and oil, then pour over the prawns. Cover and chill for 20 mins to marinate.

  2. Meanwhile, put the lentils in a pan, cover with twice their depth in water, bring to the boil, then simmer for 15-20 mins until tender. Top up the water if you need to.

  3. To make the dressing, put the remaining chopped chilli, the soy, honey and vinegar into a small bowl and stir together. Drain the lentils, then tip into a large bowl. Spoon over almost all the dressing while the lentils are hot, tip in the sesame seeds, then mix well.

  4. Heat a frying pan until really hot. Lift the prawns out of the marinade, then fry for 1-2 mins each side until pink and lightly golden. Pour in the marinade and bring to the boil. Fold the chopped coriander through the lentils, then spoon onto serving plates. Top with the prawns and any pan juices.

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Comments (44)

scarer's picture

Will definitely make again. Very tasty. I made the lentils in good veg stock for extra flavour. The only down side was that I seem to have a lot of washing up!

suzannethorne's picture

Really enjoyed it. I added red peppers before cooking the prawns. Will be cooking this again.

debbansko's picture

This was so tasty and a right hit with my partner, lentils wouldn't normally be his first choice but he has requested this again and I wil do it again for him and a friend tonight.

eleanormayo's picture

I made this for 2 and used a tin of puy lentils. It wasn't really enough to be honest. It was tasty though, so if I was to do it again, would either serve it as a starter or a light lunch with LOTS of bread.

joanna_raeside's picture

A wonderful recipe. Lovely served with mangetout and baby corn.

rsabbott5's picture

I expected this to be really bland but was very very suprised...was really quick to put together and made a lovely lunch...delicious

hlnharrison's picture

This was the recipe that taught me lentils are not just for soup. I love it.

cakeanyone's picture

This was delicious and so quick. I struggled to find puy lentils so used a can of green lentils which, with the dressing, were lovely. I did add a splash more rice wine vinegar as the dressing was very very sweet. Can't wait to have this again.

catrich's picture

Lovely fresh healthy tasty and still filling! I used morrisons tinned organic lentils which i would normally save for dahl curry but the flavours soaked in really well.

stephandsolly's picture

I would only give this 3 * but it may be an unfair rating as I didn't follow the recipe exactly. It was still tasty but nothing overly special - I used cooked frozen prawns which gave out of lot of water when I added them to the pan. We don't like coriander so I stirred some fresh baby spinach through the lentils at the end before serving which was very nice. I cooked the lentils in some fish stock which also added a good flavour, and served it all with some crisp shredded lettuce. Will make it again the same way but with big raw tiger prawns next time as I think this might be the key to making it really tasty.

juliecw's picture

Really easy to make, and so tasty. I had to use a tin Green Lentils because we couldn't get any Puy Lentils but it still worked well. Will definately make again.

imelda's picture

Loved this...really different, I halved the amount of prawns but kept the other quantities as per the recipe, and it was polished off between two of us! Yum!

riorita's picture

A really tasty, healthy and quick meal. Will certainly be making this again.

emmabowler's picture

This is a really tasty meal; the last time I did it I threw in some mushrooms that needed using up too, very nice!

cremecaramel's picture

This is soooooooooo delicious! I never liked lentils before but this recipe changed my option 100%. It's so easy to prepare and tastes great.

tphotiou's picture

Absolutely gorgeous recipe!!! I made this last night and my boyfriend and I loved it. It was a brilliant mix of gorgeous flavours and healthy too. I loved the sweetness of the lentils against the spiciness of the prawns. Even though I was only making the recipe for 2 people, i kept the same ingredient quantities for the dressing because I thought the lentils would be dry otherwise. I made some extra lentils and am having them for lunch today! Will definitely be making this again!

hexane's picture

This was very good but getting the right balance between the honey and the lime is important and down to personal taste.

edwa453's picture

I used half the amount of honey as we don't like it. This was a great receipe - loved by the whole family

beverleyc's picture

Fab! Would never have picked it out myself but my boyfriend spotted it in the magazine. It was delicious and really quick, a perfect light dinner and pretty much entirely 'storecupboard' ingredients. The combination of flavours was delicious with the slightly sweet lentils due to the honey, and the tangy lime mmmmmmm. Will definitely make again.

jbodman's picture

I'd never had puy lentils before and wasn't expecting to like it... however the dish really works together. I used smaller frozen prawns that I thought worked better, only because ti was easier to get a good mix of prawn and lentils on one spoon!


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