Garlic Prawns In The Microwave

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"Another from the mother in law. I don't leave tails intact, personal preference. Preparation time includes peeling prawns. Spring onions also known as scallions or green onions. UPDATE - thank you to Karen Elizabeth would never have thought to use this as way to cook the prawns to ADD to other dishes such as she did with a vegetable stir fry - great idea, thank you. A PLEASE NOTE - I now have a 900W microwave and I find 3 1/2 to 4 minutes does it, When this recipe was first presented wattages in ovens where very low so the higher wattages today will determine the cooking times."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (149.2 g)
  • Calories 255.1
  • Total Fat - 19.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 157.4 mg
  • Sodium - 741 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 2.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.8 g
  • Sugars - 0.2 g
  • Protein - 17.4 g
  • Calcium - 79.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Peel and devein prawns, leaving tails intact.

Step 2

Put prawns into a microwave proof dish or divide prawns into 4 microproof ramekins.

Step 3

Combine all other ingredients and pour over prawns or divide between the 4 ramekins.

Step 4

Microwave on high for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 5

Serve with crusty bread.


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.

  • Choose large, fresh prawns for this recipe for the best results.
  • If using chili powder, adjust the amount to your desired level of spiciness.

  • Substitute peanut oil with olive oil. Benefit: Olive oil has a higher smoke point, meaning it can handle higher temperatures without burning or smoking. This allows for a better-tasting dish with a more even flavor.
  • Substitute dry sherry with white wine. Benefit: White wine has a more mellow flavor than sherry, which can be quite strong. This will give the dish a more subtle flavor and balance out the garlic and other spices.

Lemon-Garlic Prawns Peel and devein prawns, leaving tails intact. Put prawns into a microwave proof dish or divide prawns into 4 microproof ramekins. Combine 1/3 cup oil, 2 garlic cloves (crushed or minced or 2 teaspoon from jar), 2 tablespoons finely chopped lemon zest, 2 tablespoons dry sherry, 1 dash hot sauce (Tabasco sauce or 1 dash chili powder or 1 small chilli pepper, finely sliced, deseed or not), salt and pepper (to taste). Pour the mixture over the prawns or divide between the 4 ramekins. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with crusty bread.

Mediterranean Couscous Salad - This light and flavorful salad is the perfect accompaniment to the garlicky prawns. The couscous is cooked in a flavorful broth and then tossed with tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, and fresh herbs to create a delicious, Mediterranean-inspired side dish.

Grilled Zucchini with Mint-Yogurt Sauce: This easy side dish is a delicious way to add some more Mediterranean flavors to the meal. The zucchini is grilled until lightly charred and then topped with a creamy mint-yogurt sauce. The combination of the fresh herbs and the creamy sauce is a perfect complement to the garlicky prawns and the couscous salad.


Q: How long should I microwave the prawns for?

A: The cooking time will depend on the wattage of your microwave. Generally, for a 500 watt microwave, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. For a 900 watt microwave, cook for 3.5-4 minutes.

Q: How do I store cooked prawns?

A: Cooked prawns should be stored in an airtight container and placed in the refrigerator. They can be kept for up to three days.

1 Reviews


I made this for DD and I and we both really enjoyed this. Quick, easy and delicious!!


review by:
(19 Jun 2016)

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Fun Fact 1: Garlic prawns have been a favorite dish of many famous people, from the Roman Emperor Nero to the famous French chef Julia Child.

Fun Fact 2: The use of garlic in cooking has been around for centuries, with references to it in ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman texts. In the Middle Ages, it was believed to ward off evil spirits and vampires.