Prawns and frugal. Not two words you’ll often hear bungled into the same sentence. But there they are. And while this recipe may exist at the very edge of what I’d consider frugal, it is nonetheless a fantastic way to enjoy these tasty crustaceans without overspending. The key? As with any expensive ingredient, don’t consume too much. Savour the flavour of just a few.
Living in Bristol, I’m lucky enough to have access to some truly wonderful produce, with a number of bakeries, grocers and butchers within walking distance. However, what has been lacking – and I think this is the case across the UK – is the presence of a fishmongers. Happily, a few months ago a fishmongers set up shop not 5 minutes away. We’ve been visiting ever since.
Your opinion on the price of prawns will likely vary based on your location. We don’t often buy them as they are expensive, but when you see 10 advertised for £3.99 it’s hard to say no. Even more so when an 11th is thrown in free of charge.
Having said that if you can’t find reasonably priced prawns, you could also attempt this recipe with pre-shelled and cooked prawns from the freezer section. But be careful not to cook these for very long; you wouldn’t want a chewy starter!
But what of the recipe itself? Well, there’s not much to say other than it’s my favourite way to cook prawns. Simple, exquisite brilliance on a plate.
Garlic Prawns with Chilli
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, mashed
- 10-12 large, fresh prawns
- 1 red chilli, finely sliced
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
- juice of ½ a lemon
- a pinch of salt
- Heat the oil in a large pan and quickly fry the garlic before throwing in the prawns. Cook the prawns until just done. They should be opaque and firm.
- Add the chilli, parsley lemon and salt to the pan and toss a few times. Serve immediately with a little bread to mop up the juices.
Cost: Ok, so prawns aren’t frugal. But if you enjoy them simply and for what they are, then you shouldn’t have to spend much more on turning them into a fantastic starter or lunchtime treat – £4.20.