Fast Recipes

Chilli-rosemary prawns with butter

Ready in just 15 minutes.

By The Gourmet Traveller team
  • 5 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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These spiced prawns are easier than they look – a quick sauté of prawns (shells on, of course), a toss of garlic, chilli and rosemary, plus butter for a final luxurious touch. A squeeze of lemon is non-negotiable.


  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 kg uncooked medium prawns
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 long red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tbso rosemary leaves
  • 60 gm butter
  • Lemon wedges and crusty bread (optional), to serve


  • 1
    Heat half the oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add half the prawns to fill the pan in one layer and cook until shells turn pink and crisp (1½ minutes each side). Add half each of the garlic, chilli and rosemary, toss until fragrant and just cooked (1 minute). Remove from pan. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  • 2
    Return all prawns to the pan, add butter, and when melted remove from the heat. Serve with lemon wedges and bread for mopping up the juices.