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Spicy Portuguese Prawns

Peri Peri Prawns

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) garlic, minced
  • 5ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 10 red chillies, finely chopped
  • 5ml (1 tsp) paprika
  • 4kg prawns


  1. Place the oil, garlic, salt, chillies and paprika in a saucepan and heat gently. Do not boil.
  2. Take off heat, cool, and save in a clean bottle. Steep as long as you have time. The oil should colour to a pleasant reddish colour.
  3. Slit prawns down their backs and devein. Leave heads on, or remove them if you prefer. Depending on the size of your frying pan, cook them in batches.
  4. Pour 45ml (3 tbsp) peri-peri oil in a the pan (Shake first to make sure you get some of the chilli and garlic as well.) and when it starts sizzling, add the prawns in one even layer.
  5. Fry for 4-5 minutes, turning frequently, until cooked. Season with salt and pepper and tip into a warm serving bowl.
  6. Garnish, if you wish, with chopped fresh parsley. Serve with rice or bread and butter.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Pan Fry
  • Cuisine: Portuguese


  • Calories: 320
  • Sugar: Sugars
  • Sodium: 446 mg
  • Fat: 19.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.2 g
  • Fiber: Dietary Fiber
  • Protein: 32.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 406 mg