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Easy Lemon Garlic Prawns Recipe

There is no better way to enjoy grilled prawns that with the zesty flavours of lemon paired with garlic. This easy lemon garlic prawns recipe is bursting with flavour and will go from pan to plate in under 15 minutes.

This simple seafood recipe is delicious on its own or paired with any sides of your choosing. Whip up a batch to serve as an extra dish at your next BBQ or let lemon garlic shrimp be the hero of your meal.

Either way, this is is one of the best prawn recipes – always a crowd pleaser and summer dinner favourite!

Lemon garlic prawns in large bowl


Seafood has always been a favourite in our family. While the kids may not always appreciate the flavours as much as they should, there is rarely a special occasion or celebration when we don’t have a serving of seafood.

And fresh prawns are often the favourite choice!

While plain cooked prawns are great, nothing quite compares to this creamy garlic prawns recipe. They are bursting with so much flavour and incredibly quick and easy to cook up.

If you’re wondering what to serve with them, check out these side dish ideas for fish.

Lemon and garlic prawns on a spoon

Helpful Tip: If serving as a main dish, make sure you aim to have approximately 5 large or 7-8 medium prawns per person when paired with a side dish.

How To Make Lemon Garlic Prawns

This recipe is made using raw prawns. They do not take very long to cook and you want to make sure not to overcook your prawns, so they maintain their juicy texture.

This is the same reason this recipe does not involve pre-marinating the prawns, as it can draw out some of the moisture from your prawns.

Ingredients for making lemon garlic prawns in dishes

We like to use prawns with the tails still on with this lemon garlic prawns recipe, but if you prefer, you can also get them completely peeled.

This can be a good option if you plan to toss them through rice or salad after cooking.

Ensure you have a medium to large skillet (frying pan) for cooking the prawns as this will ensure they cook more evenly and it also allows them to simmer in the flavours. Yum!

The printable recipe card with a FULL ingredients list and detailed instructions can be found at the bottom of this post.

Seafood Seasoning Substitutes

This recipe uses seafood seasoning to give it some of the flavour. This is not the most essential ingredient, however it does add to the delicious taste.

Any supermarket seafood seasoning blend is fine to use.

You can also make your own version at home. The key ingredients are typical salt or celery salt, paprika, nutmeg and pepper.

If you plan to make this recipe often and would rather a homemade seafood seasoning, you can make up a larger batch for use in future.

Here are some seafood seasoning recipes to try:

Alternatively, simply add a little of your favourite seasonings and spice mixes from home if you want to add some unique flavours.

Prawns in skillet with ingredients

What To Serve With Garlic Prawns

If you are looking for side dishes for garlic prawns, there are plenty of great options.

During the summer months, these lemon garlic prawns pair perfectly with summer salads.

During the cooler months, add your garlic butter prawns over a bed of rice or couscous and allow the juices to enhance the flavours.

They also pair well with these air fryer onion rings or sweet potato fries, which are also quick and easy recipes.

For another delicious seafood pairing, try these air fryer calamari rings or this oven-baked version, or air fryer coconut prawns.

I hope you love this lemon garlic prawn recipe as much as we do!


Are prawns and shrimp the same thing?

Yes. Here in Australia and in most parts of the world, they are referred to as prawns. In the USA and Canada, shrimp is the more common term.

Can I cook this recipe on the BBQ?

Yes, you can cook this on the BBQ in the same way you would on the stovetop, using a skillet.

Easy lemon garlic prawns recipe

Easy Lemon Garlic Prawns

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These easy lemon garlic prawns are bursting with delicious flavours and so easy to make. Ready to enjoy in under 15 minutes!


  • 16-20 large prawns, cleaned
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes (red pepper flakes)
  • 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning (see above)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 teaspoons dry or fresh chopped parsley
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large frying pan, over medium heat.
  2. Cook the prawns, garlic, and red pepper flakes for approximately 2 minutes.
  3. Add seafood seasoning and salt & pepper. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add lemon juice and reduce to low heat to simmer.
  5. Add parsley and lemon zest and cook until combined.
  6. Serve & enjoy!  


Seafood Seasoning: See within the article for more notes on seafood seasoning substitutes or how to make your own.

Serving suggestions: Serve lemon garlic prawns with salad or fries.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 649mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g

These figures are provided as an approximate guide only.

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