Prawns baked in their shell with garlic and lemon

I seem to have fallen into a pattern of making recipes that I would describe as looking impressive but really raking the bare minimum when it comes to effort in preparation. Now prawns cooking in their shell can be fiddly to eat, so it’s perhaps not a recipe for a first date, but cooking the prawns like this changes their flavour slightly and it looks really impressive.

To make the prawns you will need:

10-12 large prawns in their shell

1/2 a lemon

2 cloves garlic (I used smoked garlic but normal is perfectly fine)

Olive oil

Approx 20g butter


(Serves 1 very hungry person as a main course or 2 as a starter)

Preheat the oven to 190°C. Wash the prawns with cold water.


Place the prawns in a roasting tray and drizzle with olive oil. Crush the garlic and sprinkle in over the prawns.

They look a bit weird I admit
Mmm garlic

Squeeze the lemons over the prawns and then cut it into wedges and put in the roasting tray. Cut the butter into small pieces and put un the tray too.

Lemons make me think of summer

Top with the parsley and cook the prawns for 15-20 minutes or until the prawns are all pink and opaque.

Parsley time

My pictures of the cooked prawns in the tray turned out pretty blurry so I decided not to include them. I served my prawns with rye bread which I used to mop up the lemony butter from the roasting tray (not something to do in polite company).


Don’t forget to serve your prawns with an extra plate so you can put discarded shells onto it. I hope you enjoy making these.


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