Maggie’s garlic prawns

A caricature of how we work in the kitchen might portray me as the creative tyrant and Maggie as the expert-but-oppressed kitchen hand. However, Maggie would like it to be known that she has several specialities of her own, albeit with input from me on sauces and seasonings (two of my main strengths as a cook).

Maggie’s version of garlic prawns is one of her most popular creations, producing an elegant dish that is a far cry from prawns that have been ruined by too much garlic or olive oil. (I have an old-but-vivid olfactory memory of a restaurant in Subiaco, an inner-suburb of Perth. The most popular item on the menu was garlic prawns, served in a cast-iron pot, knee-deep in a pool of olive oil thick with a sludge of crushed garlic. It seemed like all good fun at the time, except for the fact that the restaurant’s walls and timbers reeked of rancid oil and garlic!)

Ingredients (to serve 4 to 5 persons as an entrée or 3 as a main course)

30g butter (can substitute some olive oil)
24 raw medium prawns, peeled and halved lengthways
6-8 cloves garlic, crushed
generous pinch of chilli flakes
½-¾ cup lite cooking cream (to suit your palate)
< ½ bunch parsley, chopped
salt and pepper
¾ cup Basmati rice, boiled with a generous pinch of saffron threads


  1. Melt butter (and oil) in large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add prawns and cook, turning each prawn once, until the prawns just begin to colour.
  2. Add garlic and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chilli flakes and stir.
  3. Add cream and cook sauce gently until it thickens a little. Add parsley, season generously and stir to combine ingredients.
  4. Serve immediately in flat-bottomed pasta bowls, alongside or on top of some of the saffron rice. I like to serve a simple side-salad of tomato wedges, chopped basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Any leftovers re-heat effectively in a microwave oven at no more than medium power.

Garlic prawns 1   Garlic prawns 2

About rmgtravelsandfood

Maggie and I are both in our mid-60s and live in Melbourne, Australia. This blog is devoted to our shared passions for travel and fine dining at home. As cooks, we are skilful and adventurous within a framework of mainly traditional ingredients and techniques, and we aim to prepare nutritious food that looks good and tastes delicious. Our evolving repertoire is influenced by both our travels and Melbourne's vibrant food culture. While we are young enough, our priority travel destinations are overseas, although we do spend a few long weekends each year exploring parts of south-eastern Australia. As travellers, we are most comfortable with a combination of organised and independent touring. Our first overseas journey together was to Italy in the northern autumn of 2008. We later travelled in France (2009), Spain (2011), Singapore and Cambodia (2012/13). All trips from 2014 to 2016 are documented in this blog. When time allows, we will publish posts about our journeys - eight and counting - in 2017, 2018 and 2019
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2 Responses to Maggie’s garlic prawns

  1. And that restaurant is still exactly the same! The whiff of the garlic and oil greets me every time I pass it.


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