Garlic prawns with Asian puy lentils

Garlic prawns with Asian puy lentils

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(48 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


  • 400g raw, peeled tiger prawn, defrosted if frozen
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • zest and juice 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 large garlic cloves, 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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13th Jul, 2009
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.
13th Jun, 2009
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.
8th Jun, 2009
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.
20th May, 2009
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!
5th Feb, 2009
A really tasty, healthy and quick meal. Will certainly be making this again.
15th Nov, 2008
This is a really tasty meal; the last time I did it I threw in some mushrooms that needed using up too, very nice!
28th Oct, 2008
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.
23rd Sep, 2008
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!
5th Sep, 2008
This was very good but getting the right balance between the honey and the lime is important and down to personal taste.
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24th Aug, 2008
I used half the amount of honey as we don't like it. This was a great receipe - loved by the whole family


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