Sizzling King Prawns

Sizzling King Prawns

They might look terrifying to some people but fresh King Prawns from your local fishmonger create a fabulous dinner that will impress all! Perfect with freshly baked bread and watercress or rocket, this stunning, quick and easy King Prawn recipe is perfect for a special evening with a crisp white wine. Can also be served as a starter using 2 or 3 prawns per person.

The king prawns are cooked whole so will need to be de-shelled before eating. Each person can shell their own or you can prepare them beforehand in the kitchen but they do not look as impressive this way!


  • Serves: 2
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Ready In: 10 mins


  • 10-12 Large Fresh King Prawns (dinner for 2 people)
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves – squashed with a knife and thinly sliced
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 Lemons – cut in half
  • 2 tbsp Modena Vinegar (alternatively Lea & Perrins sauce)
  • Small Chilli Pepper – finely chopped (optional)


  • Wash the prawns
  • Add approx 3 tbsp of olive oil to a large non-stick frying pan and heat the oil
  • Add the whole prawns in their shells to the pan
  • Cook for 1 minute each side until the prawns begin to turn pink
  • Cook for a further minute each side until the prawns begin to just brown
  • Add 2-3 garlic cloves and spread evenly amongst the prawns
  • Turn the prawns and cook for a further 30 seconds each side
  • Add the squeezed juice of a fresh lemon plus 2 tbsps of Modena vinegar (or Lea & Perrins sauce)
  • Optional – you can also add any in-season herbs to taste such as Parsley or a chopped chilli for extra flavour
  • Once the prawns are thoroughly pink and showing signs of browning with the vinegar, remove from the pan and place them in a serving dish on a bed of Rocket or Watercress. The heat transfer from the prawns to the salad will warm the leaves and blend well with the flavour of the prawns
  • Serve immediately with freshly baked bread and lemon portions

Top Tips

  • To achieve the flavours of the recipe, you do need ‘proper’ King Prawns around 3 inches long rather than the small ones they sell in some supermarkets!
  • Prawns are blue when uncooked and turn pink when cooked
  • Eat the prawns as soon as they are served for the best flavours

Recommended Equipment

  • Large non-stick frying pan