Chilli Prawn Linguine

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 15m
Ready In

Recipe: #40650

May 12, 2023

"Adapted from a recipe from our local newspaper The West Australian. Please note most of the prep time is in peeling the prawns."

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (286.8 g)
  • Calories 369.4
  • Total Fat - 15.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 187 mg
  • Sodium - 424.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 1.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.3 g
  • Sugars - 0.1 g
  • Protein - 52.9 g
  • Calcium - 101.3 mg
  • Iron - 5.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 11.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Shell and devein prawns, leaving tails intact (I prefer tails off).

Step 2

Cook pasta in large saucepan of boiling water, according to packet instructions, until just tender.

Step 3

Meanwhile, heat half the oil in large frying pan and cook prawns, in batches, until they just change colour and then remove from pan and cover to keep warm.

Step 4

Heat remaining oil in same frying pan and cook garlic and chilli, stirring, until fragrant.

Step 5

Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta cooking liquid then drain pasta and return pasta to pan with prawns, reserved cooking liquid, chilli mixture, parsley and baby spinach or rocket and toss to combine and serve immediately.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting prawns, look for ones with a bright, glossy appearance and a mild ocean-like smell.
  • When selecting chillies, look for ones that are firm and bright in colour with no soft spots.

  • Substitute the king prawns for cooked shrimp. This substitution will reduce the overall prep time, as the shrimp will not need to be peeled and deveined.
  • Substitute the baby spinach or rocket leaves for kale. This substitution will provide a different flavor and texture to the dish, as well as additional nutrition.

Vegetarian Variation Replace the prawns with cooked chickpeas and omit the olive oil. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large frying pan and cook garlic and chilli, stirring, until fragrant. Add the cooked chickpeas, parsley and baby spinach or rocket and toss to combine and serve immediately.

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan. This simple and delicious side dish is the perfect accompaniment to the Chilli Prawn Linguine. The grilled asparagus is lightly seasoned with lemon juice and Parmesan cheese, adding a delicious and complementary flavor to the spicy linguine.

Garlic Roasted Potatoes

RECOMMENDED DISH DESCRIPTION: Garlic Roasted Potatoes are a delicious and easy accompaniment to the Chilli Prawn Linguine. Roasted in olive oil and garlic, these potatoes are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, providing a great contrast to the spicy linguine. They also add a wonderful depth of flavor to the dish.


Q: How long does it take to prepare this dish?

A: It will take around 30 minutes to prepare the Chilli Prawn Linguine, with most of the time spent peeling the prawns.

Q: What ingredients are needed to make Chilli Prawn Linguine?

A: To make Chilli Prawn Linguine you will need prawns, olive oil, garlic, chilli flakes, linguine, parsley, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.

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Fun facts:

The Chilli Prawn Linguine recipe is said to have originated from the Italian city of Naples, where it is a popular dish. It is also believed to have been a favorite of the Italian King Ferdinand I, who was known for his love of seafood.

This recipe has also been made famous by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who has featured it in several of his cookbooks. He has also shared the recipe on his TV shows, making it a popular dish among his fans.