Ultimate Prawn Soup

    3 hours 15 min

    A super-delicious soup that's elegant enough to serve for dinner parties. The soup is packed full of prawns and flavour. Enjoy with crusty bread for sopping up the juices.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 2 litres chicken stock
    • 2 tablespoons rosemary
    • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
    • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
    • 250ml clam juice or fish stock
    • 85g tomato puree
    • 225g butter
    • 250ml white wine
    • 900g prawns with tails
    • 450g baguette

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr15min 

    1. Pour stock into a large pot and mix in rosemary, garlic, pepper, celery seeds, fennel seeds, clam juice, tomato puree and butter. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
    2. Stir wine into the soup and continue to simmer and occasionally stir 2 hours.
    3. Just before serving, stir in prawns. Continue cooking 3 minutes or until prawns turn opaque. Serve with bread for soaking up all the yummy soup.

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    We have updated this recipe due to an error in the amount of butter.  -  02 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    First of all, we live in Marina del Rey and have eaten at Killer Shrimp at least 50 times. The title of this recipe is mislabeled in that this recipe is called a "soup," where in fact it is a recipe for a dipping "broth." The restaurant serves shell-on shrimp in the broth along with french bread for dipping. The shrimp is eaten with your fingers like peel-and-eat shrimp. No spoons involved nor carrots, celery, onions or mushrooms. This is not a soup! That being said, if you add red pepper flakes to this recipe and reduce the tomato paste, this is a tasty and very close version of Killer's "broth."  -  16 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I too am a big fan of the original Killer Shrimp and have achieved a nearly identical flavor through years of experimentation. This recipe as given has several points that will cause it to deviate from the real KS taste. (1) Too much butter. It should be 1 stick (1/2 cup) at the most and some people may find they would rather use less. (2) The shrimp MUST have the whole skin on. The flavor that the shrimp peels adds to the mix is essential, yet indefinable. (3) Double the amount of clam juice to 16 oz (4) reduce the rosemary by 1/3 and double the amount of fennel, add 1 tsp dried thyme (5) reduce the tomato paste to 3 TBSP (6) add salt, preferably sea salt (7) add 1 tsp of red pepper flakes (or to taste) (8) add hot sauce to taste. Finally, there is a secret ingredient involved, which I am not prepared to divulge. But the above will get you close. Another reader stated she made this without fennel---without fennel it is not killer shrimp---it's just soup.  -  12 Aug 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)