Garlic King Prawn Recipe

Garlic Prawns

Here’s a really quick and simple, and amazingly tasty recipe for Garlic King Prawns. It’s almost so simple that I don’t even need to give you instructions, but I will anyway coz I’m nice like that.

Garlic Prawns

Ok, the ingredients for this Garlic King Prawn recipe are;

  • Fresh King Prawns, raw (1/2 kg serves 2 people)
  • 5 cloves of Garlic
  • 3 small Chillies
  • Olive Oil (try for virgin, or extra virgin)

First thing you’ll need to do is shell and devein the prawns, try and leave the tails on as well as they present better on the plate. Make sure you give them a good wash afterward, and pat them dry with some kitchen towel.

Thinly slice your garlic and chillies, once completed you’ll need a big, heavy based, pan or wok. Put some oil in the pan / wok about 1 cm deep, or enough to cover most of a prawns width.

Garlic Prawns

Put the sliced garlic and chillies into the oil and heat it up slowly. The idea here is that you’re not trying to cook the garlic and chilies, you’re trying to infuse their flavour into the oil. If the oil starts to bubble away like it’s frying then the heat is up too high, lower it just a bit.

Give the garlic and chilli about 7–10 minutes in the oil before adding the King Prawns.

Garlic Prawns

Place them in the oil, careful not to splash the oil on yourself!

Once all the Prawns are in you can turn the heat up a bit, we want to get some colour on the King Prawns.

The King Prawns should only take a couple of minutes to cook all the way through, you’ll know when they are cooked because they go a nice pink colour.

Garlic Prawns

Now that your King Prawns are finished cooking it’s time to plate up. I like to keep this one really simple so that the Garlic King Prawns are the star of the show, a handful of mixed lettuce lightly dressed, and some nice crusty bread.

Serve it with a crisp white wine and that’s about it. Enjoy!

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My name is Mathew Packer, I live on the east coast of Australia in Newcastle with my wife Cath, my son Travis, and our dog Cherry Bomb.

2 thoughts on “Garlic King Prawn Recipe”

  1. Are these tasty they look a bit bland? I need something wow for an appetizer and was looking for King Prawn recipes. I like the idea of garlic and chili bit they look pale and uninteresting, anyway to make them glossy or deeper in color?


  2. They’re very tasty, definitely not bland… After cooking them in the oil, garlic, and chilli, you could drop the prawns onto a searing hot griddle for some extra colour. I would only do it for 5-10 seconds otherwise you’ll overcook the prawns.


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