Chris Bavin's Prawn Tacos

These tasty Mexican-inspired prawn tacos are super quick and easy, and make a fun midweek meal as well as a great dinner party main course.

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Soft tortillas, filled with spicy prawns and topped with bright pink cabbage, are not only great fun to make, but they are also quick to cook. Good-quality prawns will have a sweet flavour.

Serves 4
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 5 min
Total time: 20 min


½ red cabbage, finely shredded
3 limes, juiced
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, sliced
1 tsp smoked paprika
300g (10½oz) raw king prawns, peeled and cleaned
100ml (3½fl oz) mayonnaise
2–3 tbsp chilli sauce
8 flour tortilla wraps, warmed
1 large avocado, peeled, stone removed and sliced
A handful chopped fresh coriander


Place the cabbage in a bowl. Add the juice of 2 limes, the sugar and a pinch of salt. Mix well and leave to stand while you make the rest of the dish.

Mix together the oil, garlic and paprika in a bowl, then add the prawns and toss to mix. Set aside.

Mix together the mayonnaise and chilli sauce in a separate small bowl.

Heat a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the prawns and fry for 3–4 minutes until pink all over.

Drain the cabbage.

Spread a little of the spiced mayonnaise on each tortilla wrap and sprinkle over some of the pickled cabbage. Top with some cooked prawns, a few slices of avocado and some fresh coriander. Add an extra squeeze of lime, fold in half and enjoy!

Tip: Make fish tacos. Instead of the prawns, use 400g (14oz) cod fillet, cut into bite-sized pieces. Cook the cod, skin-side down first, for 3–4 minutes, turning once, until cooked through. Then continue as per the rest of the recipe.

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