Easy Creamy Prawns

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Creamy prawns are a popular dish in South Africa, made with succulent prawns cooked in a rich and indulgent creamy sauce, often seasoned with a blend of spices and served with rice or bread. This showcases the country’s diverse culinary influences and love for seafood.

Prawns in the South African Context?

Prawns are known universally and have been viewed as a classy or high-end meal. If you know mopane worms, worms that we cook and eat in South Africa, you know where I am getting to.

Creamy Prawns and rice

Prawns are said to be the mopane worms of the ocean, but anyway, we love them just like we love our mopane worms. Let’s get cooking

Creamy prawns

Creamy Prawns

Made with succulent prawns cooked in a rich creamy sauce, often seasoned with a blend of spices.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine South African


  • canola oil
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (crushed)
  • prawns
  • 1 tablespoon seafood rub
  • 1 tablespoon chermoula spice
  • 250 ml fresh cream


  • In a pan over medium heat, add the canola oil, followed by the onion and garlic, and fry until the onion starts to look translucent.
    canola oil, 1 tablespoon garlic (crushed), 1 large onion (chopped)
  • Add the prawns and mix well; follow with the spices, and fry for 5 minutes or until the prawns start to look a little bit pink. Remove the prawns from the pan. 
    prawns, 1 tablespoon seafood rub, 1 tablespoon chermoula spice
  • In the same pan, add the cream and allow to simmer for a few minutes; as the cream starts to bubble, add the prawns back into the mix.
    250 ml fresh cream
  • Allow the mixture to simmer until the cream thickens, about 7-8 minutes.
  • Serve hot with your favorite staple or side. ENJOY
Keyword Creamy Prawns
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