Pan-Fried Garlic Butter Prawns

Pan-Fried Garlic Butter Prawns

A really simple, delicious seafood dish.

When the craving for seafood hits, which is quite often, I can whip this meal up in 30 minutes, and my hubby and son are always super impressed with this restaurant quality meal.  In fact, we enjoyed my home-made prawns more than eating out, especially because they’re not limited to only 6 prawns, as I’m a generous cook and always make sure that there is a healthy serving for everyone.

I usually serve the prawns with a side of chips and a fresh garden salad.

Jozi is a landlocked city, but we are fortunate to have a number of excellent fishmongers and fresh seafood grocers.  My favourite being Seven Seas Fisheries in Cresta, Randburg, which is a short 20 minute drive from my home. Or, the fishmongers section at my local Woolworths Food or Food Lover’s Market provide a range of fresh seafood daily.

Pan-Fried Garlic Butter Prawns

Pan-Fried Garlic Butter Prawns

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
A really simple, delicious seafood dish


  • 40 Whole shell-on prawns (washed, cleaned and deveined)
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) Butter
  • 2 Lemons, cut into wedges
  • 4-5 Garlic Cloves, crushed


  1. If you have not bought deveined prawns, you will need to devein them first. Using a sharp knife, score down the back of the prawn and remove the vein with the tip of your knife. Repeat with the rest of the prawns. Rinse the prawns under cold running water, drain and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Grease a large non-stick frying pan with cooking spray.
  3. On a medium heat, melt the butter, add the garlic and simmer for a minute or two, until fragrant.
  4. Add the prawns, max 10-12 at time, do not crowd your pan. Fry on a high heat for 3-4, gently turning the prawn with tongs, until the prawns are pink.
  5. Serve immediately with lemon wedges, a hot peri-peri sauce (if you like a bit of heat), and a portion of chips or a fresh garden salad.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1683Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 330gFiber: 20gSugar: 7gProtein: 62g



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