Sunday, 19 May 2013

Butter Garlic Pepper Prawns...the follies of the young know-it-all!!!

Butter Garlic Pepper Prawnsthe first prawn dish that I ever cooked quite a few years backand was so afraid of overcooking the prawns that I served them still raw!!...and not just once, but a few times Jand every time insisted that they were cooked and that people eating it had no clue and needed to get their heads examined!!!...well now I know betternow I have eaten and cooked so many prawns that I had even once dreamt that I was jailed because I had singlehandedly managed to put the little critters on the endangered species list!! L that’s saying a lot for someone who had exclaimed “this tastes just like chicken” when eating prawns for the first time ever back in school daystch tch, the follies of the young know-it-all!!...the pic is of the handful of medium-sized prawns that I managed to sneak off to the terrace for the daylight picture out of the 2 kgs that I cooked on Friday evening for friends...and before you ask, no one needs to get their head examined anymore!!

Butter Garlic Pepper Prawns


  • Prawns, deveined & cleaned, medium size 500 gms (with or without tails, up to you)
  • Garlic cloves, thin diagonally cut slices, 10-12
  • Black pepper, coarsely crushed, 1 tsp or to taste
  • Tabasco sauce, 1 tsp (optional)
  • Butter, 1 ½ tbsp (Salted or Unsalted, up to you)
  • Olive Oil, 1 ½  tbsp
  • Cornflour/Cornstarch, 1-2 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste


Wash and clean the prawns. 

Pat dry and put them in a bowl. Sprinkle cornflour on the prawns and keep them aside for 15-20 minutes. Just before cooking, wash the cornflour off the prawns and pat dry.

Heat butter & oil in a large flat pan. 

Add chopped garlic and sauté till it just about starts to turn golden brown at the edges.

Add prawns, black pepper , Tabasco sauce and salt. Stir and cook for 4-5 minutes without the lid till prawns turn pink. 

Serve hot! (pssstt...with crusty bread!)


  • Add a little more oil, butter, a few dried or fresh herbs; mix in freshly cooked spaghetti and Voila!!! a quick meal taken care of !!
  • If you want cleaner looking dish or should I say not so rustic looking dish, finely grind the black pepper and finely chop the garlic...though IMO, it takes the fun away from fighting over the crisped up garlic


  1. When it comes to cooking prawns,i am still an amateur especially the cleaning proces..:)Yours look perfect and delish!!

  2. This looks soo colourful and nice!!