Chilli prawn linguine in a bowl

Chilli prawn linguine

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins


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 peas, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 large red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 24 raw king prawns, peeled
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, 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



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  • 2 tsp golden caster sugar


  1. To make the dressing, mix 2 tbsp virtually fat-free fromage frais, the grated zest and juice of 2 limes and 2 tsp golden caster sugar in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. Cook 280g linguine pasta according to the packet instructions. Add 200g trimmed sugar snap peas for the last minute or so of cooking time.

  3. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a wok or big frying pan, toss in 2 finely chopped large garlic cloves and 1 deseeded and finely chopped large red chilli and cook over a fairly gentle heat for about 30 seconds without letting the garlic brown.

  4. Tip in 24 peeled raw king prawns and cook over a high heat, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes until they turn pink.

  5. Add 12 halved cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes until they just start to soften.

  6. Drain the linguine pasta and sugar snap peas well, then toss into the prawn mixture.

  7. Tear in a handful of basil leaves, stir, and season with salt and pepper.

  8. Serve with mixed salad leaves drizzled with the lime dressing, and warm crusty white bread.

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27th Jul, 2020
Quick and easy recipe. I didn't have sugar snap peas so used frozen peas instead. I didn't make the dressing as I didn't like the sound of it. I finished the dish with some crumbled feta and a drizzle of chilli oil. Very tasty.
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Emily Price
26th Apr, 2020
I fancied making something a little different for the family, and opted for simple. This recipe was a great find. I was a little apprehensive after a few negative reviews, but so glad I went ahead anyway! I tweaked the dressing, using the zest of just one lime, and squeezing the juice from half. I also used fat free natural yogurt instead of fromage frais as I struggled to find it. Delicious!
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16th Sep, 2019
I loved this dish, it felt so fresh. However, I did not like the salad dressing at all, it was too much and clashed with the main dish I felt. As with other recipes, I thought the portion size was small, more for 2.5-3 people rather than 4 (I am small and the other 2 people were 2 11-year old boys so hardly big eaters)
23rd Jun, 2019
My partner and I both agreed this was one of the tastiest dishes I have ever cooked and I have cooked a lot of stuff. Thank you
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Charlotte Regal
5th Jun, 2019
It was ok... but 2 limes in the dressing is far too much, I only added one and it was still too bitter. I generally wasn’t keen on the dressing overall. I also feel the dish was missing something flavour wise. The whole thing was generally ok but needs a few adjustments.
James Stewart
11th Apr, 2019
Had to sign up just to rate this recipe. One of the worst things i've ever eaten. The peas don't fit the recipe whatsoever, The dressing has far too much lime juice, it's dry and flavourless overall. I usually like bbcgoodfood, and try out a few of their recipes every week. But this is a complete disappointment compared to their usually great recipes.
12th Nov, 2018
I've been making this recipe for over 14 years I reckon! Still love it and cook it frequently. I tend to use mangetout instead of sugar snaps, but that's just personal preference.
18th Aug, 2018
Lovely recipe - quick, easy and fresh. We didn't have the salad and dressing on the side, just squeezed some lemon over the top.
18th Jan, 2018
Halved the amounts for 2 of us and used spaghetti instead of linguini and the result was delicious. We didn't eat it with bread and didn't miss it! The lime dressing added a lovely flavour to this dish.
22nd Jan, 2017
I substitute the sugar snap peas for asparagus which I find to be a much better accompaniment and works really well with the dish


Helen McCaffrey
30th Jan, 2017
Hi there. I follow your healthy recipes closely as we are on a health drive and losing weight. So far, so good! We are trimming down nicely and enjoying all the recipes we've tried. I wonder do the calories of this dish include the bread?
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31st Jan, 2017
That's great to hear! I'm afraid the calories don't include the bread though.
Helen McCaffrey
2nd Feb, 2017
Didn't think so. Thanks for letting me know.
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
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