This is a healthy easy and ready in under 20 minutes prawn recipe with garlic, onions, peppers and an instant Mediterranean spice to add fresh flavours.
I love the ease and quickness of meals made with prawns.
This particular dish is one of the best prawn recipe for dinner.
If you do not happen to be allergic to prawns then they are one of the quickest proteins to cook with.
They are comparatively less tricky to cook than fish. Prawns or shrimps hold shape and do not flake or break, unlike fish.
While it also takes less time to cook compared to meat or poultry.
Although I call this recipe a prawn recipe, this dish can be made with tiger prawns or shrimps.
I used raw tiger prawns for making this dish, but you can also use cooked tiger prawns or any type of prawns.
This prawn dish can be made with frozen cooked prawns, fresh raw prawns or frozen raw prawns.
Of course fresh prawns have better sweeter taste compared to frozen prawns but the addition of fresh spice blend and peppers are the key flavour enhancers of this dish so the type of prawns used is less important.
Using fresh prawns or cooked tiger prawns makes cooking this recipe even faster as fresh prawns only takes 5-7 minutes to cook.
Prawns can be cooked in different ways.
But before cooking I recommend removing the intestinal tract which looks like a vein running down the back of the prawns.
This is called de-veining the prawns.
De-veining is however not possible if you choose to keep the shell intact.
Grilling, tempura frying, pan-frying, boiling or poaching are some of the common ways to cook prawns.
For this recipe, I have used de-veined shell and headless fresh prawns.
I first flash-fried the prawns in the pan on high heat for about a minute or two maximum with the vegetables and onions before simmering it in the liquid sauce.
Cooking fresh prawns takes about 5 minutes.
It can be tricky to know is prawns are cooked well.
Uncooked prawns can lead to food poisoning while overcooked prawns become rubbery and tough.
I use the following tips to ensure if prawns have cooked properly.
Raw prawns tend to be curly but during the cooking process, it changes the shape to become a C.
‘C’ shaped prawns is a good indication that the prawns are cooked.
If it changes to ‘O’ then the prawns are overcooked.
Raw prawns are grey with opaque skin.
During cooking the outer skin changes to light pink while the inside should be slightly white in colour when cooked.
If the inside is bright white then there is a likelihood that the prawns are overcooked.
The slight white or C- shaped cooked prawns can be a bit tricky to judge.
I sometimes follow the home cook granny way to check the doneness of prawns which is cutting a part of it through and tasting it to be 100% sure 🙂
If using frozen prawns I suggest thawing it before you cook since this recipe involves flash-frying the prawns first.
It also helps to pat dry prawns before adding them to the pan.
This ensures that the prawns do not have any excess water.
If you have forgotten to thaw frozen prawns, which I think most of do given the other things to think about, thawing frozen prawns is super easy and quick.
Simply put frozen prawns in a bowl of hot water, and rinse it through 2 times. After the 2nd rinse leave the prawns in for few minutes upto 10-20 minutes to completely thaw.
For this particular prawn recipe, I served it with plain buttered couscous.
You can serve this dish with rice, bread, polenta or mashed potatoes
For a non-carb or a complete keto diet consider serving it with roasted vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower or mushrooms.
Other non- carb options are cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles or mashed butternut squash.
Prepare the 6 ingredients needed to make the prawn recipe.
Saute the garlic, onions and peppers together in some olive oil for 3-5 minutes
Add chopped tomatoes to the sauteed peppers and continue to saute for another 3 minutes till the tomatoes become pulpy.
Next, add the Mediterranean spice blend and mix it well with the peppers.
Add the raw prawn or shrimp to the pan and saute for 3-5 minutes until it changes colour.
Add broth/wine or a mix of both to the prawns and bring to boil. Lastly, stir in the cream, check for doneness and remove from heat to serve.
This prawn recipe is perfect for the entire family including toddlers and makes a healthy shrimp dish for dinner.
If you are unsure of adding wine to the dish then skip adding it.
If you wish to make this into a spicy prawn recipe then simply remove enough for the kids or non-spicy eaters and add chilli flakes to the remaining portion.
This dish is a perfect mid-week healthy prawn recipe that can be made in under 20 minutes.
|Raw/Cooked/Frozen Prawns - 250 gms|
|Assorted Peppers - 1 or half each of different colours|
|Onions - 1 medium-sized chopped|
|Garlic - 3, chopped|
|Tomatoes - 1 medium-sized, chopped|
|Mediterranean spice mix - 1 tbsp|
|Broth - 1 and 1/2 cups|
|Broth - 1 cup and 1/2 cup wine|
|Cream - 1/4 cup|
|Olive oil - 2 tsp|
|Salt to taste|
|Sugar if using wine - 1/2 tsp|