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Tandoori King Prawns

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This is such and easy recipe for tandoori king prawns! You can literally prepare it in about 30 minutes. Just light up your barbecue and prepare the simple marinade. Let the prawns marinate while your coals are coming up to heat and then grill those tandoori king prawns to perfection. This is a recipe from my cookbook ‘The Curry Guy’ and it’s one you’ve definitely got to try soon.


Tandoori king prawns

About this recipe for tandoori king prawns…

This is a recipe that was sent to me by my friens Chef Palash Mitra who at the time was Head Chef at Scarfs Bar at The Rosewood London.

He has since moved on but luckily you can make his amazing grilled prawns using this recipe. 

I’m telling you… you are in for a real treat with this one.

Working ahead

If you like, you can prepare the marinades for this recipe a couple of days ahead of cooking. You can also ask your fishmonger to clean and devein the king prawns or do it yourself.

You will find detailed instructions on how to do this below.

Make the recipe your own

As with all recipes, tandoori king prawn recipe is a guid but you can certainly adjust it to your own taste preferences. You might like the prawns to be spicier. All you need to do is add more chillli powder or fresh chillies.

Obviously, you could also make the recipe milder by toning the chillies down or omitting them completely. Like garlic and ginger? Go ahead and add more.

Taste as you go and amend as you like. Your tandoori king prawns will be the best out there! 

Are these tandoori king prawns a starter or a main?

That’s up to you. These make a fantastic starter course but you could cook more and serve them as a main too.

If you enjoyed this tandoori king prawn recipes give these other similar ones a go:

Roasted Red pepper and Tomato Tandoori Prawns
Prawns and scallops with Garlic Confit
Spicy Indian Prawns

Making tandoor prawns

Get your hands on the largest prawns you can find!

Making tandoori prawns

Slice down the back with a sharp knife and devein.

Making tandoori prawns

First marinade sorted.

Making tandoori prawns

Add the rest. Do it by hand like Palash!

Making tandoori prawns

Add a little chilli powder if you like them spicy. Be sure to mix it all in.

Making tandoori prawns

All skewered up!

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Tandoori prawns

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Tandoori prawns

My little helper! Jen with a huge tandoori king prawn!

Yield: 4

Palash Mitra's Amazing Tandoori Prawns

Palash Mitra's Amazing Tandoori Prawns
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 500g/1lb King prawns, peeled and de-veined with tail intact
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or corn oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon finely ground white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon single cream
  • ½ inch piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 teaspoon mace and cardamom powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon carom seeds
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder (optional)


  1. Place the prawns in a dish, mix in all the ingredients for the first marinade and set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the second marinade and massage them into the prawns. Thread the prawns on bamboo skewers, piercing the skewer through the tail of each prawn and taking it out through the tip of the head.
  3. Cook for 5-6 minutes in an oven preheated to 200°C. Then put under a hot grill for 1 minute and serve with a salad of your choice.

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Monday 24th of August 2020

Delicious tandori prawn, i made this recipe with last dinner it came out well.

Dan Toombs

Monday 24th of August 2020

Hi Great to hear! Thanks Dan


Monday 28th of December 2015

Why, oh why, do I look at your emails after I've taken myself off to bed?!

I have all the ingredients but at 11.18pm and with steak, a kilo of Wiltshire ham and a half-made turkey and bacon pie in the fridge, I know I won't be able to cook the recipes until new year.

But I will. I absolutely will... :)

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