Piri Piri King Prawns 


Piri Piri King Prawns are renowned for their bold and spicy flavours. The key ingredient, Piri Piri sauce, is a blend of chilli peppers, garlic, lemon, and herbs, creating a fiery and tangy marinade that permeates the prawns.

One of the major appeals of Piri Piri King Prawns is their quick and easy preparation. The marinade can be prepared in minutes, and the prawns require only a short marinating time before cooking.

King prawns are celebrated for their large size and succulent, juicy meat. When marinated in Piri Piri sauce and grilled or sautéed, they retain their moisture and develop a smoky, charred exterior. This cooking method enhances the prawns’ natural sweetness and creates a satisfying textural contrast.

Piri Piri King Prawns

Our Piri Piri King Prawn recipe is great for eating outdoors in summer. 
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes


  • 24 Large raw King Prawns Shell On but if you wish you can shell first
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Lemon wedge to serve

Piri Piri Sauce

  • 4 Large thin red chillis
  • 7 cloves of garlic unpeeled
  • 2 teaspoons of concentrated tomato puree
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 45 ml red wine vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons of smoked parika
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil


  • Place chillies, and garlic in a frying pan over a medium heat and dry fry for around 6 minutes. Once cooled peel the garlic and deseed chillies (if you dont want it too hot).
  • Place garlic and chillies into a blender along with the remaining ingredients for the piri piri sauce and blend until smooth.
  • Pre-soak Bamboo skewers for at least 30 minutes in water, this will prevent the skewers from burning on the BBQ.
  • Preheat a BBQ or griddle to a medium-high heat.
  • Remove heads and legs from the prawns (though Poppa Wan likes to leave these on) and carefully cut along the back of the prawns and remove the digestive track or vein (as some call it).
  • Place prawns into a bowl along with half of the piri piri sauce and mix ensuring each prawn has a liberal coating of the sauce.
  • Thread 2-3 prawns onto each skewer and cook for around 3 minutes on each side.
  • Serve with the remaining piri piri sauce along with a wedge lemon.
Calories: 18kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: African
Keyword: Juicy, King Prawn, Sweet
Collection: Easy recipes, Party food recipes


Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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