Piri-Piri Prawns

Nuvita Biscuits

Piri-piri refers both to a kind of chile (the African bird’s-eye) and to any of a variety of spicy red sauces made with chiles in many parts of Africa.


  • 2 lbs. (about 15) large head-on, shell-on prawns
  • 1⁄4 cup peanut oil
  • 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 red chiles, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Indian lime pickle or lime
 wedges, for serving


1. Working with one prawns at a time, lay prawns on its side. Make a 1⁄4″-deep cut along length of the prawns on its outer side. Pull out the vein with the tip of a knife and transfer prawns a large bowl. Repeat with remaining prawns. Add oil, lemon and lime juices, cilantro, garlic, and chiles; toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.
2. Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to medium-high. (Alternatively, arrange an oven rack 4″ from broiler and set oven to broil.) Transfer shrimp to a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Grill prawns, turning once, until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Serve with lime pickle or lime wedges, if you like.


Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Nathan B on Feb 5, 2013

    i keep searching but… no luck.

    if you’re able to answer the questions, please include the source you got your answer from.

    thank you =]]

  2. posted by ericmreitz on Feb 5, 2013

    please include recipe and side dishes. thanks!

    P.S. i am making it for a family of 5

  3. posted by Only Business on Mar 18, 2013

    I need one for a party I’m having…

  4. posted by HASTHEANSWERS on Mar 25, 2013

    I bought some piri piri herbs. I want to make a chicken piri piri pasta.

    How could I do this?

    Much appreiciate it.

  5. posted by Jonathan on Mar 25, 2013

    Nando’s used to do a lemon peri-peri cooking sauce – not a marinade more like a casserole.

    Nando’s have stopped selling this in the UK

    It was spicy & citrusy & creamy – does anyone have a similar recipe I could try?

  6. posted by gail C on Mar 25, 2013

    I am debating between making swiss beef, Vol-au-vent (sorry I do not know how to explain it in English, similar to chicken pot-pie) or chicken kabobs with peanut sauce.
    Anyone else having dilemmas??

  7. posted by Lasagna delivery guy on Mar 26, 2013

    I am looking for a simple, healthy recipe that contains green prawns. My daughter went prawning and I want to make something for her witht them

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