Creamy Garlic Prawns

Creamy Garlic Prawns

If you want something to serve at a special dinner with loved ones, this is the perfect dish for you. Just think of it as your favorite butter shrimp that has just gotten better to this level. Not only is it simple and quick to prepare, but it also tastes as good as it would in a restaurant. Juicy and delicious shrimp tossed in a creamy, savory parmesan garlic cream sauce. I'm actually drooling just thinking about it.

What is Creamy Garlic Prawns

A closer look at the Creamy Garlic Prawns

Creamy garlic prawns consist of large, tender, juicy shrimp smothered with heavy cream and delicious garlic sauce. It is savory, creamy, and undeniably irresistible. It is best paired with a steaming hot bowl of rice or mashed potatoes. Others also love it paired with crusty old bread for some major dipping and, of course, with any type of pasta to complete the meal. However, if you are thinking of serving this with pasta, I strongly suggest doubling the sauce recipe so that you have enough to cover the cooked pasta.

Aside from adding only prawns, some would love to add some bite to it by adding in some mushrooms and a little freshness coming from chopped parsley. This recipe is perfect as it is, but very versatile as you can still make some adjustments to elevate this dish a notch higher. This is the ideal recipe for those weekend date night dinners with family and friends, or simply when you want to reward yourself for a job well done. Yes, you deserved it!

So let’s go grab and peel those prawns and start cooking!

How to Make Creamy Garlic Prawns

  1. Prepare your prawns by peeling off the skin and removing the veins. Dry off your prawns with some paper towels, then sprinkle them with salt and pepper just enough for flavor.
Seasoning prawns

2. In a large skillet pan on medium heat, sear and cook your seasoned prawns. This will probably take about 2-3 minutes on both sides.

Cooking seasoned prawns

3. When done, take them out of the pan and add your butter and garlic that have been roughly chopped, and cook until soft.

Melting butter and garlic

4. And then stir in your heavy cream and grated parmesan cheese.

Heavy cream and grated parmesan cheese

5. When the sauce becomes too thick, add a little water to thin it out. Once done, add in your seared prawns and mix everything together until it is fully coated with the garlic sauce.

Thick heavy cream and grated parmesan cheese

6. Once done, turn off the heat. Add lemon juice, chopped parsley, and a pinch of salt and black pepper to taste, and combine.

Adding the prawns

7. Transfer it to a serving dish and pair it with your preferred pasta, steaming hot bowl of rice, crusty bread, or mashed potatoes.

Creamy Garlic Prawns Dish


  • A large nonstick pan or a cast-iron skillet is ideal for use in this recipe.
  • Also, measuring cups and spoons are also required. If one is not available, you may measure everything using a digital weighing scale.


Picking up Creamy Garlic Prawns using fork
  • To take this dish to the next level, thin the cream sauce using white wine. If you don't like white wine, you can substitute chicken broth for a more savory flavor.
  • If heavy cream is not available, you can use whole milk, fresh, or even evaporated milk. But you might need to add a slurry or cornstarch mixture to thicken the sauce.
  • Also to elevate this dish, you can choose to add some Italian seasoning, basil, or cajun spices. This will give it another layer of flavor.
  • Parmesan cheese can be substituted with any type of cheese you prefer, either cheddar or any cheese available on hand.
  • To give the dish more kick and flavor, I also recommend adding some sriracha and red chili pepper flakes. But this only applies to those who love spicy foods.
  • It might be a little boring to eat it plain. So why not add some mushrooms or spinach? You may also add cherry tomatoes, onions, and zucchini, especially if you want to eat them together with pasta.
  • For the prawns, it doesn't matter if they're fresh or frozen. You can use whatever is available to you. I recommend leaving the tails on the shrimp so they appear more prominent.
  • To reheat it on the stove, the shrimp should be thoroughly warmed for 5-10 minutes. If using the microwave, it will take about 30 seconds. It's possible that the sauce thickened while it was refrigerated; therefore, add a little water to thin it out a bit and adjust the consistency as needed.

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