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Recipe: Spicy King Prawn Spaghetti

Recipe: Spicy King Prawn Spaghetti

King Prawn Spaghetti has to be one of my favourite go-to meals ever, no lie – I make it at least every other week. And not only is it delicious but super easy to make too (and by easy I mean quick). I’m a lazy chef, as you’ll soon learn, so I love creating quick and easy recipes.

Let’s get to it!

  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Cooking time: 20 mins
  • Serves: 3-4 people
  • Calories per serving: 660

What you’ll need

  • King prawns – 200g (raw or precooked)
  • Pancetta – 100g
  • Broccoli – 1 head
  • Spaghetti – 400g
  • Scotch bonnet/hot pepper – 1 piece
  • Garlic – 1 clove
  • Spring onions – 1 stem
  • Salt
  • Suya pepper
  • Soy sauce
  • Olive oil


  1. Start off by rinsing the vegetables and cleaning and deveining the prawns
  2. Cut the broccoli stem close to the crown so it breaks into the individual florets and slice each floret into two – you can have pieces smaller or larger based on preference
  3. Chop up your scotch bonnet, garlic and spring onions into very small pieces
    [Lazy chef tip – I personally tend to use store-bought chopped garlic (aptly called Lazy Garlic) and I use scissors to cut up my spring onions and scotch bonnets. I hate chopping vegetables…in fact I enlisted my boyfriend to cut the broccoli for me *hides face*]
  4. Put about a litre of water in a medium-sized pot to boil, add a teaspoon of olive oil (or butter if you prefer) and about half a teaspoon of salt (optional) – this will be used for the spaghetti shortly
  5. While the water is boiling, heat up 1/4 cup of olive oil in a large frying pan or wok
  6. Add the king prawns to the hot oil and season with a teaspoon of suya pepper, a dash of soy sauce and the chopped garlic (I used about 1 teaspoon of the Lazy garlic). They will change from grey to a juicy pink colour as they cook. Turn the heat all the way down
  7. At this point your pot of water should be boiling, add the spaghetti. You can either break the pasta or put in the whole length – let it stick out of the pot to start with, as it softens you will be able to fit the rest in
  8. Continue to gently sautΓ© the prawns. Add the pancetta to the mix and increase to medium heat. Give the pancetta 1-2 mins to cook then add the broccoli, scotch bonnets, spring onion and about 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  9. By now the spaghetti should be al dente or fully cooked. Drain and add to your other colourful ingredients in the frying pan
  10. Stir fry for a few more minutes and add more salt or soy sauce to taste. Serve and enjoy!

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