Garlic Prawns in the Microwave

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 5 mins

Another from the mother in law. I don't leave tails intact, personal preference. Preparation time includes peeling prawns. Spring onions also known as scallions or green onions. UPDATE - thank you to Karen Elizabeth would never have thought to use this as way to cook the prawns to ADD to other dishes such as she did with a vegetable stir fry - great idea, thank you. A PLEASE NOTE - I now have a 900W microwave and I find 3 1/2 to 4 minutes does it, When this recipe was first presented wattages in ovens where very low so the higher wattages today will determine the cooking times.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 500 g prawns (raw)
  • 13 cup peanut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed or minced or 2 teaspoon from jar)
  • 2 tablespoons spring onions (white part finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 dash Tabasco sauce (or 1 dash chili powder or 1 small chilli pepper, finely sliced, deseed or not)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. Peel and devein prawns, leaving tails intact.
  2. Put prawns into a microwave proof dish or divide prawns into 4 microproof ramekins.
  3. Combine all other ingredients and pour over prawns or divide between the 4 ramekins.
  4. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve with crusty bread.


Most Helpful

My DH looked so puzzled and screwed up his nose, when he was told the prawns were to be cooked in the microwave.
His comment after eating this was "Well the hardest part was shelling the Prawns!!!"
He and DD loved this, DD wanted more sauce, but that was my fault because I tipped some off as DD dislikes Sherry so much, I was thinking it would taste too much of Sherry and she would not notice if I gave less sauce.
WELL..........I was abruptly told by her to "Leave it alone next time!" Sheesh she loved the sauce.........Go figure!!!!
I also used a combination of oil and butter, and next time (Yes, there wil be a next time) I will cook for less time, (my fault again, I did not take note of Pat's A PLEASE NOTE, IN THE Introduction.
So quick and so easy, and this was thoroughly enjoyed by DD and DH, they both loved it, and DH is still suprised it was done in the microwave!
Thanks Pat, wonderful recipe!

Tisme April 30, 2011

Divine sauce-the sherry is wonderful in this! This is so easy that DH made. Took the advice of another reviewer and used butter/ olive oil combination. The only thing we would do differently is the timing which turned out to be too long b/c one pound of not peeled shrimp is not the same as 500 grams of peeled shrimp and microwaves vary so the next time will try 4 minutes instead of 5. Thank you Pat for another wonderful recipe.

WiGal September 09, 2010

Wow! If you want something delicious, easy & quick, this is the recipe for you. I cooked exactly as the recipe stated but halved the prawns...took another reviewer's advice & used the olive oil & but ter. Made some garlic bread to mop up the sauce.. I haven't heard husband rave about his dinner in quite a while...

Elkaybee February 20, 2010

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a