Chilli Shrimp

Chilli Prawns Shrimp Recipe

Chilli shrimp (prawns) –  One of my life time pursuits is to find the ultimate recipe for chilli shrimp.  So far this is it, a few ingredients, quick to cook and quicker to eat.  Only 4  ingredients are needed; shrimp (prawns), butter, garlic and chillies. In this example I also used a bed of fettuccine. The one thing I am yet to settle on is to peel or not peel the shrimp prior to cooking, but I think I have a workable compromise. Here is another recipe that highlights the head and shell as centre on shrimpy tasty flavour –

Chilli Prawns / Shrimp mise en place

Chilli Shrimp
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Chilli shrimp requires only 4 basic ingredients - shrimp (prawns), butter, garlic and chillies. In this example I also used a bed of fettuccine.
Serves: 1
  • 4 large raw shrimp / (green prawns)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 teaspoons of chilli flakes (or finely chopped fresh chilli)
  • 2 teaspoons of finely copped garlic (I use a fine micro-grater)
  • ½ cup cooked spagetti or asian noodle
  1. Peel and remove heads from shrimp
  2. In a small pan melt the butter over a medium heat
  3. When it starts to bubble add the chilli, garlic and shrimp heads.
  4. Mix in with the butter for a minute until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  5. Add the shrimp turning them a few times to coat with butter, chilli and garlic.
  6. Cook for a minute on each side, then remove from the pan and discard the shrimp heads.
  7. Add the spaghetti or noodles to the pan and stir in order to soak up the remaining butter, chilli and garlic.
  8. Serve the shrimp on the bed of noodles.
The dilemma with this recipe is do you shell the shrimp before cooking or not as so much of the flavour is in the shell and head of the shrimp. I think the best compromise is to shell the shrimp but toss in the heads when you cook them, then discard the heads before serving. I found that with the shell on, although the shrimp flavour was good I was peeling off the the chilli and garlic along with the shell.


Chilli Prawns / Shrimp with Shell

Plated Chilli Shrimp

As you can see the new camera works a treat.


  1. Brad says

    A good alternative to the shell no shell question is to slice the back of the prawn
    shell devien with the shell on this allows the full flavour of the chilli garlic to penetrate
    without losing the flavour of head and shell.

  2. says

    Hi David, thanks for the link and tip on cooking the heads separately, will definitely have to try it next time. Also, lovely photos on the site!

    • Dave says

      Hi Matthew, I have some of his curry recipe books but yet to find the rumoured collection. Ben commented that these prawns where pretty good.

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