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Heads Cooked Prawns

Pan-fried Butter & Garlic Prawns

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x


In this garlic butter prawns recipe you’ll learn how to prepare shell-on prawns before pan frying them. It is an easy and quick dinner to prepare any time of the week!


  • 20 whole shell-on prawns, weighing about 800g (2 lb)
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) butter
  • 5ml (1 tsp) vegetable oil
  • rock salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


  1. With a sharp knife, score down the back of the shrimp. Remove the thin, digestive tract with the tip of the knife. Repeat with the rest of the prawns. Rinse the prawns under running water and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Melt the butter, add the oil and generously grind salt in a large frying pan. Add the garlic and prawns, and fry over a high heat, stirring, for 3 – 4 minutes until the prawns are pink. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.


Serve on a bed of rice, with green salad and a glass of white wine. To serve more people, simply multiply the ingredients accordingly.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: South African

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