Hot and spicy prawns

These spicy prawns from Dermot O'Leary's restaurant will need to be served with crusty bread for mopping up the buttery juices.
Hot and spicy prawns
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 600 g shell-on cooked prawns

For the paste

  • 30 g smoked paprika
  • 30 g ground cumin
  • 30 g ground coriander
  • 10 g cayenne pepper
  • 120 ml olive oil
  • 40 g brown sugar
  • butter
  • A hanful of fresh coriander


1. First make the spicy paste. Place all the ingredients except the prawns butter and fresh coriander in a mixing bowl and mix together. This will keep for weeks in an airtight container.

2. Place 4 teaspoons spicy paste in a frying pan and heat over a medium heat until warmed through, then add the prawns and mix the paste round the pan adding more butter and a ladleful of warm water to make a sauce.

3. Sprinkle over some fresh coriander and serve with finger bowls because this dish is very messy.

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