Gluten Free · Main Meals · Paleo Diet Friendly · Recipes · Starters

Chilli Prawns with Fried ‘Rice’ 


Prawns are one of my fav things to cook – super quick to cook and they take on flavour really nicely. This dish couldn’t be more simple, is packed with flavour and can be on your table in 15 minutes! 

Equipment required 

1 large fry pan 

1 medium fry pan 

1 food processor or hand processor 

Shopping list for 2 people 

For the prawns:

6 large prawns without the shell (approx 100-150g of prawns each) 

1 heaped tsp of sambel olek

Juice of half a lemon 

Sea salt

Sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds 

Fresh coriander to garnish 

Splash of sesame oil 

For the ‘rice’:

1 medium head of cauliflower 

1 medium white onion 

1 red pepper 

1 tbsp sesame oil 

1 tsp rice wine vinegar 

1 tbsp tamari 

Splash of oil of choice – I used rapeseed 

Method to the madness 

Peel and finely dice the onion. Remove the core and finely dice the red pepper. 

Heat the large fry pan to a medium heat, add a splash of oil, I used rapeseed. Sauté the onion and peppers until they are just soft 

While they are cooking remove the outer leaves of the cauliflower and chop it into rough chunks – process the cauliflower in a processor until it forms a rice like consistency. If you are using a small hand processor you will need to do this in batches. 

Add the cauliflower to the onions and peppers. Add the sesame oil, mix well and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the rice vinegar and tamari – mix well and taste for seasoning. Turn the heat off the rice but leave it warming in the pan. 

Devein the prawns, heat the medium fry pan to a high heat, add a splash of sesame oil. 

Once the oil is hot enough, the oil should shizzle when you add the prawns, place the prawns in the pan on their side. Once they have some golden colour , flip them onto the other side. 

Once they have some colour on the other side, add the lemon juice.  Turn the pan off, but leave it on the heat. Add the sambel Olek and some sea salt to the pan – mix the prawns to coat in the sauce, taste for seasoning – remove from heat. 

Place a large mound of the fried rice in the middle of the bowl and top with the prawns. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and some torn coriander. 

ENJOY! 

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