Prawns Piri-Piri by Mom De Cuisine

Easy to make and even easier to slurp down, Prawns Piri-Piri prawns are a portuguese classic for a reason.

Driving in a foreign country could possibly be one of the most challenging parts about living abroad. Every place has its unique road rules, which rules are followed to the letter and which ones are mere suggestions.
For example, living in Bahrain, the learning curve of road “rules” is steep. The traffic lights turn from red to yellow to green. The expectation is that on yellow (and sometimes when the light is still on red) you gun it. If you don’t, be prepared to face the angry wrath of any driver behind you. Also turning lanes…just a suggestion. Say you are in the far right lane and realize that you actually need to make a left. Go for it! And don’t worry about cutting off traffic-chances are those drivers would do the same thing in your position.
In Thailand, the Tuk-Tuk is the way to go. I swore up and down that my children would never ride in a vehicle without car seats, let alone seat belts, let alone DOORS. But yet, that’s how we found ourselves getting from point A to point B. Oh, and no family vehicle? No problem! just have your young child stand between your legs on your moped while you weave through traffic.
In Europe, the rules of the road are followed a bit more closely. But it’s the roads that can throw you off. We took a road trip a few months after we moved here to Granada. While the winding roads through the Spanish country side provide some amazing views, traveler must also beware. We see a sign alerting us to what looks like a road falling off a cliff only to realize just 500 feet ahead to what the sign was referring to. The side of the road had in fact fallen off of a cliff, with only a medium sized traffic cone to draw your attention further. But hey, at least there was a sign.
And on a recent road trip to Portugal, we were nearing the Spanish/Portuguese boarder when we passed by a sign motioning for tourists to veer to the far right lanes. Edward missed the lane. As we drove, we realized we were missing the essential toll booth for tourists. We were now driving in another country without paying the proper tolls. Our car possibly undocumented. And as we traveled the roads of Portugal, we kept seeing signs for tolls, but never another booth. Now we get to watch the mail and play the fun wait-and-see-how-big-that-ticket-will-be game. Lessoned learned: pay close attention to highway signs as you never know what toll booth (or lack there of) lay ahead.

Some of our strangest, craziest, funnest (it’s a word) and most memorable experiences of living abroad have come from simply driving around. But luckily our Portugal driving gaffe was not the only memorable part of our weekend road trip. There was also the food. Oh….the food. So now on our return, while I look at our unpacked bag and check the mail box waiting for a ticket, I decided to recreate for my husband the dish most attributed Portugal, hopefully it will make the blow of an outrageously expensive ticket a little bit easier.

Prawns Piri-Piri

Prawns Piri-Piri Recipe

Serves 4-5
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Allergy Shellfish
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Appetizer, Bread, Condiment, Lunch, Main Dish, Snack, Starter
Misc Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party, Formal Party
Region European


Piri-Piri Sauce

  • 7-10 Medium Birds-Eye Chilis (chopped)
  • 1 Medium Lemon (rind and juice)
  • 3 tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 3/4 cups Olive Oil
  • pinch of salt

Prawns Piri-Piri

  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Minced Garlic
  • 3 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 2lb Prawns (deveined and peeled)


  • Fresh Parsley

To Serve With (Optional)

  • Toasted Bread
  • Cooked Rice

Prawns Piri-Piri


Piri-Piri Sauce
Step 1
Combine the Piri-Piri Sauce ingredients in a food processor. Process until combined. Allow sauce to sit for at least one hour or up to one day.
Prawns Piri-Piri
Step 2
Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the garlic and cook one minute, or until fragrant.
Step 3
Add prawns in an even layer and 3 tablespoons of the sauce. Work in batches if necessary. Toss to combine and cook 5-7 minutes or until the prawns are cooked through. Remove to a bowl. Repeat with the remaining prawns.
Step 4
Top prawns with parsley. Serve with toasted bread or over rice.

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