Try one of these easy prawn recipes the next time you need a quick and bright family dinner.
They’re meaty, ready in a flash, and most are even kid-approved.
Many people use “shrimp” and “prawns” interchangeably when, in fact, they’re quite different – two separate species, to be exact.
So, while shrimp and prawns have a near-identical texture and shape, you’ll find prawns are a bit meatier.
They also have slightly bigger limbs and a sweeter overall flavor.
So if you’re ready to experience this shellfish in all its glory, pick one of these incredible prawn recipes.
You can’t go wrong with any of them.
30 Easy Recipes with Prawns You Don’t Want to Miss
1. Prawn (Shrimp) Stir Fry
Strapped for time?
Grab that packet of frozen prawns from the freezer because it’s time to whip up a colorful and tasty prawn stir fry.
Not only is this recipe super speedy, but it also tastes fantastic.
Plump prawns, snow peas, and broccolini smothered in a classic ginger and sesame Chinese stir fry sauce is the stuff of dinner dreams.
Serve this fuss-free stir fry with jasmine, brown rice, or your favorite noodles. Delish!
2. Greek Shrimp (Prawn) Saganaki with Feta cheese (Garides Saganaki)
One bite of this succulent Greek prawn saganaki, and it’ll be like you stepped foot in Santorini.
This traditional Greek appetizer is bursting with the flavors of the Mediterranean.
Prawns sautéed in olive oil and deglazed with ouzo (a Greek anise-flavored liquor) are already delish.
But they’re then added to a spicy tomato sauce and finished with fresh herbs and salty feta cheese.
3. Asian Chili Garlic Prawns (Shrimp)
Spicy, sticky, and loaded with aromatic Asian flavors, this chili garlic prawn recipe has all the best tastes in one dish.
Chili flakes add an excellent kick of spice to those sticky, succulent, and sweet prawns.
And garlic is never a bad idea, right?
So, save some cash and whip up this delicious dish instead of ordering takeout again! You won’t be able to taste the difference.
4. Goan Prawn Curry with Coconut
When you need a satisfying meal, this Goan prawn and coconut curry hits the spot every time.
Also known as ambot tik, this spicy-sour Indian dish is warming, soothing, and oh-so-creamy.
There are so many aromatic flavors erupting from the homemade ground masala.
Meanwhile, coconut milk gives this dish so much body and creaminess.
5. Tomato Spinach Prawn Pasta
One of my favorite foods in the world is pasta. And when it’s paired with succulent, juicy prawns, I’m a goner!
A rich tomato sauce clings deliciously to chewy fettuccini noodles. That’s then tossed with tender garlic butter prawns for a taste of pure beauty.
Pile your plate high and dig in!
6. Garlic Prawns (Shrimp)
This delectable dish has a secret ingredient that makes it taste restaurant-quality.
Spoiler: it’s a splash of white wine!
Marinated in garlic and seared until they’re a golden brown, these prawns are simply stunning.
And the wine adds a lovely depth of flavor that takes this dish to the next level.
The next time you want to entertain, serve up these succulent prawns. They work fabulously as finger food.
7. Steamed Garlic Prawns with Vermicelli
Serve these steamed garlic prawns with vermicelli at your next dinner party, and your guests will beg for the recipe.
They’re a showstopper, for sure.
Dressed to impress, these steamed prawns taste as good as they look. Laid on a bed on mung bean vermicelli noodles, it’s impossible not to dig in.
The vermicelli noodles are perfect for soaking up the delicious sauce.
It’s made from light soy sauce, Shaoxing rice wine, white pepper, sugar, and pure yumminess.
8. Prawn Cocktail
An ultimate classic: the prawn cocktail is an ’80s hit that’s making a comeback!
Though, this saucy dish has never gone out of fashion in my house.
Cold, juicy prawns are tossed in a creamy and slightly tangy cocktail sauce.
Prawn cocktail sauce (or Marie Rose sauce) is made of mayonnaise, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce. It’s creamy, dreamy, and 100% addictive.
9. Garlic Butter Prawns Spaghetti
What better way to enjoy succulent prawns than nestled amongst oodles of noodles?
Garlic butter prawns are a classic on their own. But if you toss them in some spaghetti, you get one helluva hearty and sensational meal.
If you have prawns, a lemon, and a box of pasta, you can have this dish served up in under 15 minutes. That’s great news for busy bees!
10. Creamy Garlic Prawn Pasta
Now, this dish is the ultimate creamy dream for pasta lovers.
This creamy garlic prawn pasta is decadent in all the right ways. Trust me; this is the best recipe to satisfy your carb craving!
Laced with nutty parmesan cheese, it’s salty, savory, and so cheesy, you’ll want to lick the bowl clean.
11. Prawn Stir Fry Noodles
Stir-fries are ideal for busy days. So, if you’re short on time, this prawn stir fry has you covered.
Loaded with juicy prawns and tender veggies and smothered in a savory stir fry sauce, it’s seriously better than takeout.
Filling, hearty, and sensationally tasty, this recipe is a great everyday go-to.
12. Prawn Pulao
Prawns pulao is a one-pot Indian dish featuring rice, shrimp, herbs, and spices.
It’s just what you need when you’re craving complex flavors, but with minimal time and effort.
Cook the raw rice with the prawns and spices, or stir-fry the cooked rice with the spices and prawns.
Whichever way you cook this delightful prawn pulao, it’ll be delicious! That’s a guarantee.
13. Prawn Mango Avocado Summer Salad
Looking for a fresh, new salad to add to your summer table? This prawn, mango, and avocado summer salad is just the ticket.
Bursting with colors, it not only tastes good, but it’s also super pretty too!
The chopped-up mango brings a lovely tropical freshness, and the prawns add a hearty protein bulk.
Plus, it’s practically a no-cook meal. Most of the effort is just chopping up the ingredients and throwing them into the bowl.
14. Prawn Burgers
As much as I love beef or salmon patties, there’s something about these prawn burgers that’s so irresistible.
Grilled shrimps are served up in a burger bun along with salad, avocado, and tomatoes.
Then, the inside is drizzled with a good helping of Marie Rose sauce.
Simple, fresh, and absolutely delicious, these prawn burgers are a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.
15. Prawn / Shrimp Pad Thai
My favorite Thai dish has to be pad Thai.
Chock full of noodles, beansprouts, shrimp, and eggs and covered in a yummy sauce – what’s not to love?
With only 10 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes of cooking time, you can have these noodles ready in a flash.
16. Bang Bang Shrimp
Now, these succulent prawns hit the taste buds with a bang!
Use king prawns in place of shrimp and coat them with either crispy panko breadcrumbs or a generous spoonful of cornstarch.
Then, fry those babies until they’re wonderfully crunchy and smother them in creamy bang bang sauce.
Baked or fried, these crunchy prawns make a fantastic lunch or appetizer.
And that delicious sauce can even be used on burgers and chicken. Yum!
17. Chili and Lime Prawn and Avocado Salad
Need an easy-to-prep, flavor-packed salad? This chili and lime prawn and avocado salad ticks all the boxes.
Bright, zesty, and light, it’s perfect for a light summer lunch.
Packed with creamy avocado, juicy shrimp, and salad greens, it’s a flavor experience.
Everything is tied together with lime, chili, and a mouthwatering lemon vinaigrette dressing. Delish!
18. Cajun Shrimp Salad – a.k.a. Cajun Prawn Salad
Here’s another sensational salad to add to your BBQ table. This Cajun prawn salad is full of spicy flavors and is the ideal light lunch.
As always, the best part of a delicious meal is how quick and easy it comes together.
In only 20 minutes, you can be chowing down on juicy, spiced prawns.
19. Spicy Cajun Tiger Prawns
If you love getting stuck in with your hands, these spicy Cajun tiger prawns are finger-licking-good.
They make a fantastic starter or the perfect surf for your favorite turf.
Sauté tiger prawns in butter, garlic, and Cajun spices, then try to resist eating the whole batch yourself.
20. Chilli, Garlic, and Coriander Prawns
For this recipe, all you need are four simple ingredients – chili, coriander, garlic, and butter.
Together, they create the most spicy, fragrant tiger prawns ever.
Make sure you buy raw prawns with the shell on. Pre-cooked prawns turn rubbery with this style of frying, and no one likes a chewy prawn.
These prawns are good enough to eat alone. But they also pair beautifully with Nigerian jollof rice, wild rice, or sweet fried plantain. Enjoy!
21. Shrimp Fajitas (Prawn Fajitas)
Cook up these prawn fajitas and see how they rival your local Mexican grill.
You only need a single skillet and your favorite fajita toppings.
This is a terrific family dinner idea, especially if you have picky eaters.
Instead of making them up, you can let your fam pick and choose what goes on their plate. Talke about a win-win.
22. Hawaiian Garlic Butter Shrimp Kabobs
It’s not often seafood can rival the grilled meats at a BBQ. But these Hawaiian garlic butter shrimp kabobs certainly do!
You’ll marinate prawns in garlic, paprika, cayenne, lemon zest, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Then, thread them onto skewers and grill with garlic and butter – lots and lots of butter.
Hot tip: If you’re using wooden or bamboo skewers, make sure to soak them in water first.
Do this for at least 20 minutes to keep them from burning over the flames.
23. Creamy Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta
As the name suggests, this dish is creamy, dreamy, and wonderfully zesty. It needs minimal effort but is 100% scrumptious.
Fresh garlic and lemon make all the difference in the sauce. So, be sure to use garlic that you crush yourself and a whole lemon – not the bottled juice.
The next time you’re craving carbs, turn to this prawn pasta. It never disappoints and is super easy to throw together.
24. Udang Masak Lemak Nenas
Udang masak lemak nenas is a light coconut milk curry with prawns and pineapple.
This version is a Nyonya curry, so it takes flavor notes from Singapore and Malaysian cuisines.
Loaded with aromatics like Kaffir lime leaves, Vietnamese mint, and Thai sweet basil, this dish is beyond delicious.
25. Lemon Prawn Risotto
Creamy, savory, and totally irresistible, this lemon prawn risotto is mind-blowingly delicious.
The next time you plan a dinner date, serve up a bowl of this risotto and get ready for the compliments to roll in.
The secret to a great risotto is Arborio rice. The intense starchiness is what makes this dish so creamy, even without butter or heavy cream.
So, grab your wooden spoon and get stirring!
26. Finger Licking Spicy Peri Peri Prawns Fry
The title says it all: these spicy peri-peri prawns are so insanely delicious, you’ll be licking your fingers clean.
Tangy, fiery, and succulent, one bite will leave you craving more.
You’ll make a marinade with dried Spanish chilies, heaps of garlic, and lemon juice, so it’s bright, tangy, spicy, and bursting with flavor.
Fry the prawns with the shell on until they turn a light pink color. Then, serve them up with a light garnish of parsley.
27. Prawn Enchiladas
The sauce on these prawn enchiladas is guaranteed to knock your socks off.
Seriously, make extra because you’ll want to drown your plate in it!
Aside from the sauce, this dish contains juicy prawns and roasted poblano peppers. Every bite is a dream come true.
So, this weekend, set some time aside to whip up a batch of these prawn enchiladas. You won’t regret it.
28. Brazilian Prawn Coconut Stew (Moqueca de Camarao)
Moqueca de camarao is one of the most famous Brazilian foods – and for good reason.
It’s absolutely bursting with wonderful, fragrant flavors and is low carb to boot.
Seafood lovers will love the bold, bright spices in this prawn stew.
If you love spice, you can adjust the heat levels by adding in more green chilis and chili flakes. It’s worth the sweat, I promise!
29. Stir-Fry Prawns & Broccoli
Need a meal on the table in under 20 minutes? This stir-fry prawn and broccoli recipe has got you covered.
Stir-fries are great for busy bees because they come together in minutes and only need a handful of ingredients.
And because prawns cook so quickly, this stir fry is as speedy as can be.
Budget-friendly, fast, and delicious – could it get any more perfect?
30. Crispy Coconut Shrimp Recipe (Air fryer and Pan Fried)
This healthy take on classic coconut prawns is just as good as – if not better than – the deep-fried version.
The trick is to use an Air Fryer.
Coat the prawns in a blend of breadcrumbs, wholewheat flour, and coconut flakes.
Then, season it all with paprika, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper, then let the Air Fryer work its magic.
Pair these delectable prawns with a sweet chili dipping sauce or an ice-cold beer.
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