Prawns pil pil recipe

Stephanie got spicy with her hot seafood starter on Come Dine With Me Leicester


  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 plump red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 12 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 600ml passata
  • 600g frozen North Atlantic prawns, defrosted
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 6 star anise
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


How to make prawns pil pil

1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/Gas 7. Divide the garlic and chilli between six individual terracotta or other shallow ovenproof dishes. Add roughly 2 tbsp of oil to each dish. Divide the passata and prawns between the dishes. Add a pinch of sugar and a star anise to each dish.

2. Season with salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Stir well and put the dishes on two baking trays. Cook in the oven for about 25 minutes or until the prawns are hot, the oil is starting to separate, the sauce is bubbling and the edges are starting to blacken.

3. Very carefully remove the trays from the oven and, using oven gloves, transfer the terracotta dishes to six heatproof plates or boards. (Remember, the dishes and their contents will be extremely hot. Take extra care.) Serve the prawns with lots of warm, freshly baked bread.

Please note this recipe is the contestant's own and has not been tested professionally. Like the Come Dine With Me contestants, you could be creating a culinary delight or dining disaster, so switch on your ovens and be bold

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