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Mouthwatering Creamy Chilli Garlic Prawn Pasta

Mouthwatering Creamy Chilli Garlic Prawn Pasta

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Before I share my Mouthwatering Creamy Chilli Garlic Prawn Pasta recipe I have to vent a little.

I know I’ve been off the radar for far too long now, well that’s how long it takes incompetent people to fix up cupboards.

Creamy Chilli Garlic Prawn Pasta

What a trying couple of months it’s been, I think people have abused my kindness and it’s why what’s supposed to be a smooth transition into our new home has become a total disaster.

No more “nice guy”, I think I’m going to have to practice how to be nasty from now on… I know a few of those so I think I will have to take some tips from them ….hahaha!

One thing’s for sure if I’m having a bad day or bad months this Creamy Chilli Garlic Prawn Pasta is sure to lift my spirits.

It’s delicious and comforting, exactly what I needed.My hubby being pescatarian doesn’t always make life easy in terms of cooking.

Usually I have to cook a few different dishes but this is one dish that is loved by all in my family so it’s a definite winner.

This is one time where I can stick to cooking one dish and everybody eats it without a moan. That’s rare in this house, a bunch of picky eaters I have.

Prepping the Prawns

If you have tried any of my other prawn recipes you would know that I always add course salt to my prawns and rub it in. It helps take away all the yucky stuff.

I then rinse it a few times. I hate chewing on a prawn and it tastes like sand…yuck! 

You will then need to squeeze all the excess water out. I have mentioned this before.

Trust me this is what makes the difference between well cooked and rubbery prawns.

The more liquid in the prawns the longer you tend to cook it, resulting in prawns that are chewy and not so nice to eat.

We are not always to get good prawns up here in Johannesburg, at least not in my part of the world. However, Food Lover’s Market does come to the rescue from time to time.

Chilli Hot

We absolutely love a bit of heat in our dishes. It’s why I added some birds eye chilli to this Creamy Chilli Garlic Prawn Pasta.

It was burning hot but let’s just say it has enough heat to make you sweat a little, that’s if your palate is not used to chilli.

You definitely can omit the birds eye chilli and use a more subtle chilli if you wish. I know garlic is not always a good idea but as long as you not going on a date the garlic is perfect…haha!

Cooking the Creamy Chilli Garlic Prawn Pasta

When I cook prawns I love frying my prawns first and then I use the same pan to add my other ingredients.

The reason for this is that you get that extra burst of flavor from the prawns when done this way.

For this dish I marinated my prawns and fried them in some butter. I added more butter to the same pan and cooked my sauce, that way there was loads of flavor in this dish.

You can use half cream and half milk for this dish, all cream if you wish or milk on it’s own. I have tried it all and the dish still tastes amazing.  


These Prawns can be served on a baked potato or with some crust bread too. Nothing better than to mop up all that delicious sauce.

If you do try this recipe please drop me a comment and a star rating. It is always appreciated.

More Prawn Recipes to try:

Prawn and Potato Curry

Goan Prawn Curry

Spicy Prawn Curry

Prawn Coconut Curry


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Creamy Chilli Garlic Prawn Pasta

A rich and creamy prawn pasta dish made with chilli and garlic in just a few minutes
Course Main Course
Keyword chilli garlic prawn pasta, easy prawn pasta, easyrecipes, prawn pasta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


  • 700 gram prawns raw peeled
  • 2 tspn chilli flakes
  • 4 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • salt
  • 2-3 birds eye chilli you can omit or add more
  • 1 tbsp cake wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • few drops of vegetable oil
  • 1&1/2 - 2 cups fresh cream or milk
  • 150 gram dried pasta ribbons
  • 1/2 tbsp flat parsley chopped


  • Remove shell of the prawns, rub in coarse salt and rinse a few times. Note that once prawns are cleaned will weigh much less than 700gram. Squeeze excess water and marinate the prawns with chilli flakes, birds eye chilli, garlic, zest and juice of 1 lemon and salt. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Boil pasta in salted water as per instructions on the packet. Cook until al la dente, drain the water and return to the pot to keep warm
  • Heat one tablespoon butter, with a few drops of oil, in a pan and flash fry half the prawns in 2, 30 seconds on each side. Add another tablespoon of butter and fry remaining prawns. Transfer to a bowl and set aside
  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter to the same pan. Add the flour and cook for a minute.
  • Add cream and simmer until sauce is thick, about another minute. Add prawns to the sauce and let it heat through
  • Divide pasta into pasta bowls and add the prawn sauce on top. Garnish with parsley



  1. Please note that the prawns weigh 700grams with the shell on. It weighs a lot less once the shell is removed
  2. I rub coarse salt into my prawns as I find that this gets rid of all the nasties in the prawns and then rinse a few times
  3. Squeeze all the excess liquid well to prevent rubbery prawns
  4. You can use cream or milk depending on how rich you want the sauce
  5. Reserve some of the pasta water to add to the dish if it gets too thick 




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Saturday 24th of April 2021

Yum yum yum!!!! This recipe is delicious! I added some mushrooms which I fried in butter before frying the prawns and added to the sauce before serving. I also kept the marinade from the prawns and added that to the sauce along with the cream! Full on Flavour!!! Quick, easy and oh so yummy!


Sunday 25th of April 2021

Thank you so much Jenna! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. I have been using this recipe for years and still a winner in our home:-)


Wednesday 10th of February 2021

Absolutely DELICIOUS. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.


Monday 15th of February 2021

Thank you so much Les. It is one of our favorite recipes too so I am happy to hear that you loved it:-)


Wednesday 27th of November 2019

So quick and easy to make, and full of flavor!


Wednesday 27th of November 2019

Thank you so much for trying my recipe Nicole! Makes me so happy to hear that:-)

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