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The best prawn recipes for summer

by Katie Russell

published on 28 April 2023

There is something about prawns that makes them perfect for summer. It might be the fact they’re so light, or because they go so well in pasta salads (which, let’s be honest, is what we crave most when the weather gets warmer). Whatever the reason, prawn dishes are crowd-pleasers, whether for a big family barbecue or a quick midweek dinner. So, we’ve rounded up the following easy-to-follow recipes from some of our favourite authors, including Rick Stein, Mary Berry, Jamie Oliver and more.

Tandoori Prawns

Tandoori Prawns

Fire up the barbecue! These Indian-inspired tandoori prawns are juicy, aromatic and perfect for a summer’s day. We recommend serving them with kachumber salad and naan bread.

Lime and Ginger Grilled Prawns with Oriental Mushrooms and Coriander

Lime and Ginger Grilled Prawns with Oriental Mushrooms and Coriander

To make this fresh and zesty lime and ginger prawn dish, all you have to do is put the ingredients in a tray and pop it in the oven. It’s quick, it’s simple and it means you’ll have more time to relax in the garden.

From the book

Rukmini Iyer

Spicy Prawns with Lime, Farro and Coriander

Spicy Prawns with Lime, Farro and Coriander

by Laura Agar Wilson

For a light dinner that has a kick to it, we recommend this recipe of spicy prawns served with an avocado and farro salad.

Prawns on Pumpernickel Toast (Pumpernickel toast skagen)

Prawns on Pumpernickel Toast (Pumpernickel toast skagen)

This simple meal is a Scandinavian classic and works as a starter or light lunch. The best bit? It only takes 25 minutes.

Mary Berry Miso Prawns with Coriander | Midweek Meal

Mary Berry’s Miso Prawns with Coriander

The miso marinade makes this prawn dish come alive and the coriander makes it taste even more fresh. This is Mary Berry at her best.

Sweet and Sour Prawns

Nadiya Hussain’s Sweet and Sour Prawns

Looking for a healthier alternative to a takeaway? You’ve just found it. In this delicious dish, Nadiya Hussain combines crispy prawns with tangy pineapple and a tomato sauce.

Prawn Lemon Capelli Pasta Recipe

Fresh Capelli d’Angelo with Prawns and Lemon

This five-minute meal combines prawns, lemon, chilli and olive oil with angel hair pasta to create the ultimate no-fuss summer supper.

Ottolenghi’s Orzo with Prawns, Tomato and Marinated Feta

from Simple

This recipe from Ottolenghi SIMPLE really is just that. The basic ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions make this a no-brainer for your next summer dinner party.

Sticky Mango Prawns

Sticky Mango Prawns

Combining the sweet-yet-tangy taste of mango chutney with fresh king prawns, Jamie Oliver’s five-ingredient stir-fry packs a punch.

Prawns with Garlic (Gambas Al Ajillo)

Prawns with Garlic (Gambas Al Ajillo)

This tapas dish is a firm favourite in Spain and it’s easy to see why. The recipe comes together in minutes but promises plump prawns fried in a flavourful garlic and chilli oil. We recommend serving it with plenty of bread for mopping up the garlicky sauce and a crisp, white wine on the patio.

Spirale, Clams and Prawns

Spirale, Clams and Prawns

by Rose Gray, Ruth Rogers

Summer is the season of seafood and this recipe marries clams and prawns in a hearty pasta dish.


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