Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I cooked: King Prawns with Garlic Butter and Curry Leaves

Last week, a trip to the market saw us score some large king prawns. When they're as fresh as these, all you need are a little butter, garlic and some curry leaves. Light flavours so you can enjoy the natural sweetness of the prawns. We also opted to cook the prawns unshelled to retain its size while cooking (deshelled prawns sometimes shrink in size when cooking) plus it tastes a lot yummier like this.

Curry leaves impart a wonderful aroma and taste to the garlic butter. However, if you cannot get hold of curry leaves, you can substitute it with some finely chopped parsley.

Juicy prawns

King prawns with garlic butter and curry leaves
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 6-7 minutes
Serves 4

14 raw banana prawns, washed, pat dried and heads trimmed
1/2 bulb of garlic, finely chopped
2 shallots, finely chopped
100g butter
A bunch of curry leaves
1 stalk spring onion, cut into 1.5 inch lengths
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 tbsp ginger wine (optional)

1. Melt butter in wok under medium high heat. Add garlic and shallots and fry until golden brown.

2. Add curry leaves and cook for 1 minute to release the flavours of the leaf. Add the prawns and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the shell turns pink and opaque, signifying its cooked. Remember not to overcook them or the flesh becomes rubbery and tough.

3. Add ginger wine (if using) and spring onions. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Remove from heat and serve.

Finger licking good!

More photos here of red big prawns with garlic butter and curry leaves. Prawns are from MySeafoodMart.com.

*This recipe was featured on DineMalaysia.com in August 2011. 

If you enjoyed reading my posts, LIKE me on Facebook! You can also follow me on Instagram (@babysumo) for more photo updates. Thanks :)


  1. oo simple and nice. will try out this

  2. i like prawns steamed in chinese wine, for the same reason, that it seems to keep the spotlight on the prawns' freshness and sweetness :D

  3. no matter what, I prefer those prawn shell pilled off :P

  4. Man, i will even eat the shell! i reckon that they are the best parts of the prawns!

  5. when u cooking for moi hot stuff :P

  6. wowww...garlic butter prawn ..looks delishh...yummmyyy..

  7. Small Kucing: If you can get fresh big prawns, please try :)

  8. Sean: Ah cant cook them in chinese wine cos the daughter likes prawns very much. dont wan her getting drunk at 3, do we. :P

  9. Kian Fai: Yeah usually I also prefer not to get my hands dirty, but trust me these are worth it!

  10. Michelle: Lol how do you eat the prawn shells??? Arent they too hard? The only time we eat them is when they're deep fried.

  11. puffyfluffy cake: Thanks for dropping by :)

  12. Very nice! I've garlic butter in the fridge, must try this sometime...


Please drop any comments or questions you may have here. Thank you so much for reading!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...