One-pan prawn pilau

One-pan prawn pilau

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(105 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…


  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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12th Jun, 2008
Extremely easy to make, practically idiot proof! Added chicken to the leftovers the following which worked great too. Personally didn't find two spoons of the korma sauce so will put in at least 3-4 next time.
19th May, 2008
Very easy to make and very tasty
23rd Apr, 2008
So easy and yummy!
5th Apr, 2008
Very easy recipe, that has been successful every time I've cooked it-which is saying something as I'm an exceptionally rookie cook! Tastes just as good with one tbsp of Curry Paste, which is useful if you are going out in the evening!
14th Feb, 2008
This is really tasty & even better heated through the next day. Somehow when shopping for ingredients I forgot the prawns & the chilli (!?) so I used 1 can smoked mackerel, one can of tuna & dried chilli flakes instead.
25th Jan, 2008
Fantastic recipe! Smelt & tasted great. I used Patak's Tikka Marsala paste. Will definately be making this again soon, not sure if I'd add the chilli next time.
20th Jan, 2008
Loved it and so simple
16th Jan, 2008
This is a great mid-week meal for the whole family - just take some out before you add the chilli for younger kids.
Aga girl
16th Nov, 2007
This is a fabulous recipe and one of my favourite storecupboard meals! I like to added some toasted cashew nuts or almonds and serve with cooling natural yoghurt. Try omitting the prawns and using smoked haddock and boiled eggs to make kedgeree.
5th Nov, 2007
The peawn pilau was very nice I am on a low fat diet and always looking for something my whole family will enjoy, and they all did. I will try it with the chicken next time


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