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)

kerrywray's picture

Great recipe. Caremalised onions before putting in the paste and used chicken instead. Everyone loved it. Will make again.

barpsimpson's picture

Works equally well with curry powder (in lieu of paste) - just heat up the powder in some oil before adding the onions (oh, and chucked in a garlic clove for good measure). Very good recipe - thanks!

sumooky's picture

Quick, easy and very tasty. A perfect midweek meal.

rayanne01's picture

Very Very nice recipe although I dont think it serves four, but actually more. Ive been eating this recipe for ages now, and it really fills me up to the point that I cant finish, but actually when you think about 300g of rice, and how much that makes when cooked is so much more. I think the caloroes are way out.. I think its nearer 600 cals.

dancingbunny's picture

It was very nice. I didn't have any curry paste handy so I used powder instead.

darrengoodwin's picture

Very easy to prepare, cook and eat. Would definitely use this recipe again, I altered it slightly and used king prawns but still very tasty.

justjaki's picture

Made this delicious recipe for dinner using Pataks Korma, as I had some leftover in the fridge, plus a large shake of chilli powder as I forgot the chilli when I went shopping. This perked it up a little and gave us all a nice glow. Very, very moreish & I will make again when the prawns are on offer again in Sainsbury.

hollywoozle's picture

I followed his recipe exactly (maybe with a touch more curry paste but thats all) and it was absolutely delicious! I often struggle to make meals really flavoursome (even when I follow recipes carefully) but this was super easy to make and was really tasty and moreish. I think the lemon wedges are a great idea as they complemented the meal well. I used Patak's korma curry paste and I would definitely make this meal again.

twigletshopping's picture

Excellent. Very easy to make and would be good with any left over meat from Sunday lunch. We used Madras paste and it worked perfectly.

sarahah's picture

Made this for dinner the other night. Lovely and quick - very tasty indeed.

mrs_hotspur's picture

Easy to make, easy to follow. May only add slightly less chilli next time for me. Really tasty, used the exact curry paste suggested, great flavour.

ericax's picture

This was really good. I didn't have any korma paste so i added 1 rounded tablespoon of medium curry paste. i found this made it quite spice but i thought this made it taste nicer, if anything. Really, really, really yummy!

abigailg1983's picture

This was so yummy. I used Tikka Masala paste as I didn't have korma and added some chicken I had left over. Will be a new favorite I think!

gillh007's picture

This is just so easy - rice perfect every time. You will never buy this as a fast food pack from the supermarket again! Excellent for the freezer. Well done Good Food!

katejames1979's picture

Very simple and very tasty.

pumkin38's picture

great recipe, i used madras curry paste instead of korma. quick and easy.

weeble's picture

I used fresh prawns, shelled, & added before the peas & chilli. Will make again

sadiemay87's picture

I was making this for me and my three male housemates who have huge appetites so I increased the quantities and added a tin of coconut milk along with the stock. It turned the dish a rather murky colour but was very tasty nonetheless. I also added chopped peppers. Nice served with naan bread.

rachelbartle's picture

Fab - easy and just one pot! Great for a takeaway feel and low in fat! Great with chicken too!

hattiechambers's picture

Delicious and very easy to make - even after a long day at work. Would more than recommend it (we used patak's balti curry paste)


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