5-ingredient garlic prawns/garlic shrimps

Juicy garlic prawns/ garlic shrimps with peppers that use just 5 ingredients and take 25 minutes to cook, INCLUDING time to marinate. Serve these quick and easy garlic shrimps as an appetizer or side dish and transform your dinner into a hearty meal tonight.

closeup view of garlic prawns/shrimps

Juicy garlic prawns with minimal seasoning is a quick & delicious way to enjoy prawns, the small pockets of flavor and nutrition. You just need some basic pantry ingredients for seasoning and it takes less than 30 minutes. This recipe is so ridiculously quick and easy yet adds a festive and elegant aura to your weeknight dinner. Or serve them as an appetizer for parties.

This garlic prawn recipe requires just 5 ingredients apart from the prawns which clearly makes it the easiest recipe with prawns or shrimps. Since shrimps are naturally bursting with flavor, you don’t need much seasoning. And they cook very fast. Easy to cook and soooo delicious to eat. Have you ever felt that some of the easiest recipes are the best? I get it. Absolutely.

These garlic prawns always remind me of an incident when I cook them. A couple of unexpected guests landed up when I was preparing to cook this dish. I did not have enough prawns for everyone, so being the resourceful person that I am, (in other words, too lazy to change the menu) added some extra peppers to make up for the prawns. I first served the guests most of the prawns, which left mostly peppers for us. That made us rename the dish as garlic peppers!

Health benefits of prawns/ shrimps

Prawns/shrimps are a great source of protein, low in calories and saturated fat, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, vitamin B12, calcium and vitamin E. Hence, they promote heart health, brain function, growth and development and reduce inflammation, risk of illnesses like cancer, arthritis and dementia.

Health benefits of bell peppers

Bell peppers not only look bright and colorful but are also nutrient-rich. Exceptionally rich in vitamin C, bell peppers are also loaded with vitamins E, A, K1, B6, folate and potassium making them a rich source of various antioxidants responsible for heart health, bone health, healthy eyes, nerves and muscles. Bell pepper is a decent source of iron, and its high vitamin C content aids in better absorption of iron, cutting the risk of anemia. A regular diet which includes bell peppers also reduces the risk of chronic illnesses.

marinated prawns and green, red and yellow peppers

The 5 basic ingredients

Garlic, chili powder, salt, onions and green onions for garnish. That’s it, guys. Don’t believe me? Judge for yourselves when you read the recipe below. And let your dream come true when you cook the recipe.

Cooking the garlic prawns

Prepare the marinade with crushed garlic, chili powder and salt. Marinate the shrimps, diced bell peppers and onions for 15 minutes.

Saute the marinated prawns, bell peppers and onions in oil for 2 minutes, then cook covered for another 3 minutes. Garnish with finely chopped green onions. Done!

The only catch in cooking prawns here is the peeling part if you buy fresh prawns. If you can get hold of frozen or fresh peeled prawns, you are a winner!

Want to try yet another easy and delicious prawn recipe? See baked tiger prawns with tomatoes and cheese.

Do you want to impress your guests with a restaurant-quality shrimp dish? Try the crispy fried shrimps/prawns.

What do you eat garlic shrimps with?

5-ingredient garlic prawns/garlic shrimps

Tips to make awesome garlic prawns

This recipe takes just 5 minutes to cook. However, the texture of the prawns, onions and bell peppers should be maintained to get the desired result – a crunch and punch in every bite!

The prawns should not be cooked even a minute more than the specified time to avoid it becoming rubbery. Also, the bell peppers and onions should be crunchy. These garlic prawns can be made zesty with a splash of lemon juice, which is completely optional.

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garlic prawns/shrimps

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5 Ingredient garlic prawns

Juicy garlic prawns with peppers that use just 5 ingredients and take 25 minutes to cook, INCLUDING time to marinate.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Party food
Cuisine Asian, Indian
Servings 4 people


  • Prawns – 500 grams
  • garlic – 4 cloves minced
  • chili powder – 1 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • bell peppers – 1/2 each of green red and yellow, diced
  • onions – 2 large diced
  • spring onion – a few sprigs of the green part finely sliced
  • oil – 2 tsp


  • Peel and devein the prawns.
  • Prepare the marinade by mixing the minced garlic, chili powder and salt.
  • Marinate the prawns, diced onions and bell peppers for 15 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add the marinated prawns, onions and bell peppers and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Keep covered and cook for 3 more minutes on medium heat.
  • Remove from heat and garnish with spring onions.


  • Timing is everything in this recipe. Take care not to overcook the prawns.
  • The bell peppers and onions should be crunchy.
  • A splash of lemon juice may be added if you like the garlic prawns a little zesty. 
Keyword 30 minute recipe, 5 ingredient, Asian prawns, easy, garlic prawns, shrimps
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