Thai pesto prawn noodles

Thai pesto prawn noodles

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins

Skill level



Serves 4 - 5

Whizz up a pesto with a difference by blending basil, coriander, peanuts, chilli and lime, then serve on egg noodles with flash-fried prawns

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving (5)



  • 300g dried egg noodles
  • small pack basil
  • small pack coriander
  • 75g peanuts
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • zest and juice 1 lime, plus wedges to serve
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 400g king prawns, halved lengthways

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  1. Put the noodles in a large bowl, then pour over enough boiling water to cover. Set aside and wait for the noodles to reach an al dente texture. Meanwhile, put the basil, coriander, peanuts, chilli, lime zest and juice, sesame oil, 1 tbsp of olive oil, 2 tbsp of water and a pinch of salt in a food processor and whizz into a pesto.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in a large non-stick pan and quickly stir-fry the prawns for 3-4 mins, then stir in the pesto. Drain and add the noodles, season with black pepper and mix well, so that the noodles are completely coated in the pesto – if it looks a little dry, add a splash of hot water. Spoon into bowls, squeeze over extra lime juice and sprinkle over more coriander, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2014

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suzymhall's picture
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I made this for the second time with toasted pine nuts instead of peanuts and it enhanced the flavour no end. Today I used half and half basil and coriander, a tiny amount of sesame oil, a chilli and juice of 1 lime between 2 of us. I also dry fried off a small onion, a few chestnut mushrooms and small pieces of courgette before adding the pesto and then prawns. Lovely (needed a fair amount of seasoning too).

mumto3girls's picture

If it is bland, isn't that b/c garlic was forgotten in making the pesto?

merc2557's picture
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When i read some of the more negative comments on this dish I thought how could it be tasteless with so many flavourful ingredients so i bashed on with it , and unfortunately i have to agree with the more negative comment ,it was tasteless , there was just something missing from it , i added extra chilli and some garlic but it just didn't do it for me and i love thai food but this is one recipe i won't be doing again

lmb's picture

Didn't expect this to turn out well, so was surprised when it did, a really tasty twist on pesto. Needed to add a lot of water though or it would have been very dry!

jb5370's picture
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We thought this was lovely with lots of flavours. Would add a bit more liquid and more chilli next time but that's just personal preference. I used cashews as I don't like peanuts.

debbiesfood's picture

I enjoyed this recipe, I added half a sweet red pepper, a crushed garlic clove and some peas. Also added a sprinkling of soy sauce when serving.

sllyst's picture

Really did not like this at all. Really tasteless, even though i added garlic. I added some sweet chilli in the end and that made it better.

clairethompson74's picture

Lovely.... Full of flavour and so quick to make.... I've made extra pesto to use another night. Try it!