Flash-fried prawns with chilli, lemon & parsley

Flash-fried prawns with chilli, lemon & parsley

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 6 - 8
Juicy butterflied prawns quickly sizzled in a pan with Mediterranean flavours - perfect for a tapas spread

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal73
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs0g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.3g


  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 300g large raw prawn, butterflied



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

  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced or chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • zest and juice 1 lemon



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

  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Season the prawns and set aside. Cook the garlic over medium-low heat until it just starts to colour. Increase heat to high and add the prawns and chilli. Stir quickly and keep turning prawns in the pan.

  2. After 1 min, pour in the lemon juice. Toss until prawns are opaque – about 1 min more. Sprinkle over lemon zest and parsley and serve with crusty bread.

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8th Sep, 2018
Lovely easy tapas style way of cooking prawns, I did double the recipe for a tapas evening, and they were the first thing to go.
31st Jan, 2015
What a fab recipe! Never "butterflied" prawns before - they will never be safe from my knife, again! This is just a really brilliant, quick and tasty recipe! Works really well with a little guacamole, as well!
mrs powell
30th May, 2014
i have used this many times, to mix things up a little, add a little dry sherry or white wine at the last minute, mixes lovely with the oil and chilli, add crusty bread to soak up the juice
22nd Jul, 2013
Added some cooked Tagliatelle to the pan..delish :)
23rd Jun, 2013
Had these last night with friends, everyone loved them, were so quick to do and was able to prep everything before hand, these will be a regular in our house.
16th May, 2013
Absolutely superb, and so quick and easy to do, had them with the patatas braves, will definitely be having them again.
20th Oct, 2012
Delicious and very easy. Would definitely make again as part of tapas type meal
5th May, 2012
Another part of our tapas meal, quick, delicious and will definitely make again. So simple!
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