How to Make Butter Garlic Prawns?
Horns up! Today, we are going to make an the famous party snack— butter garlic prawns! (You might call them shrimp, but the difference is not too major)
This is one of my signature dishes and it was something my father in law relishes. So much so that every time he’s visiting us, my wife orders a bag of prawns for me to make this.
It is very easy to prepare and only takes 2 minutes. (Well, if you have everything prepared, of course!). I don’t think there is an easier dish to cook and a faster cooking protein than prawns or similar seafood.
But if you want something with more spices, you can jump to my Keto Tandoori Prawn recipe. Perhaps, you’re not looking for a snack and more of a meal, then head on over to my Creamy Pasta with Prawn dish.
Now, if you want the butter garlic prawns, then read on! Also watch the video to get my father in law’s reaction to tasting these.
2-Cents about Butter Garlic Prawns—Creating Great Flavors & Good Times!
The best thing about garlic butter prawns is that it only requires 4 to 5 ingredients and a few minutes to assemble. Indeed, I can whip this up with my eyes closed!
Butter garlic + seafood is a combination that always reminds me of Goa. I’ve made more than my fair share of trips to the state and stayed at different places but one common factor is the food. Especially a dish like butter garlic prawns. It’s a staple across every beach shack. You can just picture yourself sitting in a quaint shack drinking beer and indulging in butter garlic prawns. It’s something me and my friends have indulged in quite a bit. Of course no beer for me, give me your sweetest and prettiest pink cocktail.
Every time I reminisce about my Goa trips and gigs, I always taste that faint essence of butter garlic prawns. Well, I cannot explain this feeling, but I always associate it with Goa and fun times.
Nonetheless, I always loved munching on it whenever I was around friends. But, this time, I curated it for my wonderful father-in-law.
Once I served it to him, I could see the joy in his eyes when he smelled the wonderful mixture of butter, parsley, lemon and garlic. Well, I was overjoyed to hear his words, and I quote, “I have never tasted something like this.”
I’d call that successful cooking!
Some Tips & Alternatives
The recipe includes butter, garlic, parsley, chili flakes, oil, prawns, salt, black pepper, lime and paprika. You will be surprised how these flavors meld and create something mouth-watering. It works perfectly well with any kind of seafood. So, you can cook calamari, fish, crab, or lobster. Instead of parsley, you can simply use oregano, basil or chives. If you don’t like it spicy, then you can skip the chili flakes. You can also use garlic butter cubes and no oil for this recipe.
As an alternative to paprika, Kashmiri red chilli or for a different flavour you can try cumin or black peppercorns. Nonetheless, ensure not to overcook the seafood. It’s best to sauté it quickly under high heat so you can get some caramelization without overcooking it. Remember the longer you cook it the chewier and more rubbery it gets. Most seafood cooks really fast.
So keep that in mind and enjoy your garlic butter prawns.
Making Garlic Butter Prawns the Right Way!
- 150 grams Prawns
- 15 grams Butter
- 10 grams garlic
- 1/2 tsp Chili Flakes
- 2 tsp Parsley
- Lime or lemon
- 1/2 tsp Paprika
- 1 Tsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Finely chop some cloves of garlic and parsley.
- Then, in a hot pan, add some oil and a knob of butter. After letting the butter melt, add in some red chili flakes.
- Along with that, drop in your chopped garlic and parsley. Fry this till the garlic starts to brown.
- Then, add in the prawns. Fry and sauté them under high heat. (They’ll cook very quickly, so be careful not to over-cook them)
- After one minute, season it with some salt, black pepper and paprika.
- Give it all a good mix and cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Once done, serve them in a bowl and squeeze in some lemon on top. Garnish with some parsley, and it’s ready to serve. Enjoy!