BBQ Tandoori Prawns

Sunday, April 10, 2016

*Includes A Video*
If you have been following my blog for a while,
you know how much I LOVE PRAWNS!
So when we thought off bbq'ing some butterflied queen prawns,
I was in heaven!
We are so use to grilling our prawns in an oven, 
and it tastes amazing,
but bbq'ing or braai'ing it outside brings a whole new dimension to the flavours!
It is best to grill prawns with their shell because, 
 it won't dry out quickly and it will be juicy, and that is what you want!

The recipe I will be sharing is super simple and easy to make,
it's spicy and great to incorporate if you're doing a seafood or grill platter.


 - Prawns Marinade

1 Box of ready butterflied queen prawns (24 pieces)
2 Tb Freshly crushed garlic 
3 1/2 TB Tandoori Powder
3 TB Lemon Juice 
2 1/2 Peri-Peri Oil

- Sauce

2 TB Butter
3 TB Lemon Juice 
2 1/2 Crushed Garlic 
1 - 2 tsp Red chilli powder

* In the video and pictures I shared we just tried with 12 prawns. This is just an estimation of the quantity of spices used, usually I just wing the marinade. I will say it depends on your flavour and what you prefer so you can change it up a bit to suit your palette. 

* When it comes to prawns we prefer queen prawns, they're easy to de-shell, they cook faster and they're easier to cook. You can butterfly your own prawns, but nowadays with ready butterflied prawns you can save yourself a whole lot of time. We use the Woolworths brand ones that come in a box and they're ready cleaned and butterflied.


  1. Make a marinade paste of all your spices and marinate your prawns over night. 
  2. Mix your sauce ingredients and bring to a quick boil desperately, this will be for basting the prawns.
  3. When your fire is hot place your prawns shell side first, flip after a minute.
  4. Keep flipping every minute, as you flip baste the prawn in the sauce your made - this will enhance the flavour and keep them moist.
  5. Prawns cook fast on the braai/bbq stand, so keep a close eye on them. 
  6. Keep it braai'ing/ bbq'ing for 10 minutes tops.
  7. Serve with a crisp cold salad and some lemon juice and bon appetit!

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  1. Why oh why do you gave to this. I have no place bbq. This is making me so hungry. You know what i am checking your other recipes right now and looking for something i can make

    1. It also works on a water-less griller pan, which is a great investment if you have no bbq grill. Haha Insha-Allah hope you find a recipe you can try, and if you find one you like an you need substitutes let me know and I can do some research and help you :)

  2. :-P Prawns and BBQED! Yum! I have hardly dealt with seafood in my kitchen as I have a grown up who refuses to eat seafood. Back home its different and I will share this recipe to my sis so she can make for all. Your guidelines will really help even a amateur! I cna imagine the juicy prawns with the shell.. and how spicy and hot it can be.. Slurp..

    1. Hahah!! omw maybe if you visit here she can make for you :) I try to make all my guidelines as easy as possible so anyone can try it. lol if you lived closer I'd invite you for some :)

  3. Ooh, this looks delicious. I love prawns too.

  4. Wow these look delicious. I'm not the biggest fan of prawns but these look like they'd change my mind!

  5. Sounds yummy and the pictures looks even more amazing! :)

  6. I love prawns and sea food in general. And this looks really enticing.

    What a combo with crisp cold salad ~ another favourite of mine.

    1. Jazakallah :) Goes perfectly together, I like switching the cold salads up with sea food and playing with combos