Garlic prawns with bell peppers


Prawns! The small pockets of delicious nutrition which are a favourite among most seafood lovers. (See my earlier post Restaurant-style breaded prawns for the health benefits of prawns). Combine prawns with peppers and you get a colourful dish with a variety of nutrients.

Bell peppers not only look bright and colourful 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 anaemia. Moreover, a regular diet which includes bell peppers reduces the risk of chronic illnesses.

The recipe:


Prawns – 500 gms

garlic – 4 cloves, minced into a fine paste

chilli powder – 1 tsp

salt and pepper

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


  • Prepare the marinade by mixing the minced garlic, chilli powder, salt and pepper.
  • Clean and devein the prawns.
  • Mix in the marinade and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add the marinated prawns, saute for 5 minutes.
  • Keep covered and cook for another 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the bell peppers and onions, cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with spring onions.

This is an easy and quick recipe. 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!


  • Timing is everything in this recipe. Take care not to overcook the prawns.
  • The bell peppers and onions should be mildly cooked, yet crunchy.

What are the prawn recipes you have tried? Do you have any suggestions or variations to this recipe? Please share:


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