Sauteed Prawns Spanish Style

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This is a really simple dish that will still always impress your guests. In Spain we eat a lot of prawns, they come in all sizes and they are really affordable. Sauteed prawns are called gambas a la plancha.

Here is what you need: fresh or frozen raw prawns,sea salt, black pepper, and good quality olive oil. That’s it!

sauteed prawns

Serves 4 – Prep. time 10 min

1.5 lb. (700g) prawns, with shells
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
sea salt
black pepper

For this recipe we grill the prawns whole, but you can also choose to first remove the head.

Put the pan (cast iron is best but stainless steel and non-stick pans are ok, too) on high heat.

When it’s hot, add 1/2 tbsp olive oil and the prawns.

Lower the heat to medium and sauté the prawns, stirring every minute, to make sure they get sauteed on both sides. Add sea salt, and a good amount of black pepper.

Turn off the heat when the prawns are done. This will usually take about 5 minutes, unless you are using really giant prawns, which may then take longer to cook.

Add the remaining tbsp olive oil and stir well. Leave off the heat for 5 minutes.

Serve with broccoli, or on its own after a simple salad.


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