Easy garlic prawns

Easy garlic prawns


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About this recipe: Throw these prawns together at the drop of a hat for an easy, elegant main dish or starter. This dish is full of flavour, and it's all in the technique!

Chef John

Serves: 4 

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 450g prawns, peeled
  • salt to taste
  • 6 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon caper brine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cold butter
  • 5 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cold butter

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

  1. Heat olive oil in a heavy frying pan over high heat until very hot. Place prawns in an even layer on the bottom of the pan and cook for 1 minute without stirring.
  2. Season prawns with salt; cook and stir until they begin to turn pink, about 1 minute.
  3. Stir in garlic and red chilli flakes; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice, caper brine, 1 1/2 teaspoon cold butter and half the parsley.
  4. Cook until butter has melted, about 1 minute, then turn heat to low and stir in 1 1/2 tablespoon cold butter. Cook and stir until all butter has melted to form a thick sauce and prawns are pink and opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Remove prawns with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl; continue to cook butter sauce, adding water 1 teaspoon at a time if too thick, about 2 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
  6. Serve prawns topped with the pan sauce. Garnish with remaining parsley.

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