Prawn Recipes


Prawn recipes are a favorite food in our home. Some will use the words Shrimp and Prawns to describe both but there are differences. Some nutritional tid bits for you, Shrimp contains vitamin B12, zinc, iodine, phosphorous, potassium, selenium and iron and have smaller quantities of calcium, magnesium and sodium.

We travel to Mexico frequently where we eat plenty of fresh prawns. As we sat in a restaurant in Chicxulub one year, we decided as a family that their version of "Diablo Prawns" was not as spicy as we would have liked.

That being said, our first few prawn recipes are my husband's creations. As I've said previously, he is the chef in our home.


California Diablo Prawns

These prawns are very flavorful with a slight "bite"


  • 1 lb. Raw, Shelled, Deveined Medium Prawns
  • 1/2 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup of your Favorite Hot Sauce (mine is Tapatio)
  • 3 Cloves of Fresh Garlic Peeled
  • 2 Tbs. Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 Tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp. of Sea Salt
  • 2 Tsp. of Dried or Fresh Minced Cilantro


Combine all ingredients other than Prawns into a mini food processor or blender. Blend well until mixture is fully emulsified.

Place prawns into a zipper bag or container with a lid along with marinade mix. Refrigerate for at least an hour. I suggest doing this the night before or the morning of your day of use for better results. Skewer prawns with stainless steel or if wooden skewers, pre-soak in water for about 30 mins.

Barbeque on a HOT grill on high for about 3 minutes per side. Serve garnished with fresh lime slices and enjoy!

These are especially tasty as a Shrimp Taco Salad.

My husband likes to chop up any leftover shrimp and add jack cheese in a low-carb tortilla for one of the best quesadillas you'll ever taste!

Prawn Recipes: Serves 2-3

This is a Phase I recipe

Ceviche Prawns with Tomato and Avocado

  • 1 lb. Raw, Shelled, Deveined Medium Prawns
  • Juice of 10-14 Limes-Enough Juice to Cover
  • 1 Medium Avocado, diced small
  • 1 Finely Chopped Jalapeno
  • 1 Medium Tomato Chopped
  • 1 Green Onion Chopped Fine
  • 4 Tbs. Cilantro Chopped Fine
  • 1 Tsp. Chili Powder
  • 2 Tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Pepper Finely Ground


In a mixing bowl combine fresh prawns, lime juice, salt and pepper. Your prawns will need to be fresh/fresh frozen. Mix it all together. Cover and store in the refrigerator for twelve hours. The acid in the lime juice will "cook" the protein in the fish. You will know when the mixture is ready when the prawns have turned pink.

Just prior to serving, add remaining ingredients, toss in large bowl and serve on a platter garnished with fresh cilantro sprigs.

You can substitute just about any fish for the prawns. My personal favorite is Mahi.

Prawn Recipes: serves 2-3

This is a Phase I recipe

Prawns Augratin

  • 1 Lb. Medium Deveined and Shelled Prawns
  • 1 Tbs. Crushed Garlic
  • 1 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Thinly Sliced Green Onions
  • 1 Tbs. Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1/2 Stick Butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Quinoa Flour
  • Salt and pepper to Taste
  • 3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Tsp. Dry Sherry
  • 1 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Directions:

    Saute prawns, garlic and olive oil in hot Saute pan for about 5 minutes or so. Remove from heat, lightly chop prawns and set to side for now.

    In a medium saucepan over medium heat, saute green onions and parsley in butter until tender, about 2 minutes or so. Remove from heat, add flour and stir until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Gradually add cream, stirring, over low heat until mixture thickens about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat; mix in sherry. Sherry is only about 1 Carbohydrate per Tbs. Negligible in the big picture. Save this sauce recipe for many other dishes that require a thick white sauce. I can eat it by the spoonful!

    Gently fold in prawns and grated cheese. Evenly spread mixture in an 8x12 casserole dish. Evenly distribute sliced tomatoes on top then Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake in a 350 degree oven until heated through and cheese has melted, about 12-15 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve over 1/2 Cup of Spaghetti Squash, Steamed Broccoli or Quinoa.

    Prawn Recipes: Serves 4

    This is a Phase II recipe

    Mediterranean Sauteed Shrimp & Fennel


    • 1 Lb. Peeled & De-veined Raw Shrimp
    • 1 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • 1 15 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
    • (preferably fire-roasted)
    • 1 Large Fennel Bulb
    • (Cored and cut into 2" long strips)
    • 1 Tbs. Fresh Oregano or 1 Tsp. Dry
    • 2 Tbs. Capers
    • 1/2 tsp. Fresh Ground Pepper
    • 1/4 Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
    (Mediterranean flavor from Trader Joes is nice)


    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add fennel and cook, stirring occasionally until starting to brown, 6-8 minutes. Add tomatoes and oregano and cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits about 30 seconds. Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink and just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Stir in capers and pepper serve sprinkled with feta.

    A stir fry of zucchini, squash and carrots would be nice as a side dish. This is one of the easiest prawn recipes!

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