Baked Prawns: the tasty, light seafood recipe

Total time: 20 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist
Lemon juice
Extra virgin olive oil
Lemon slices

Baked Prawns are a firm favorite around the world and they’re eaten all year round. You can add them to sandwiches, a salad, or serve them with a yummy dipping sauce. In this recipe, oven-baked prawns are the stars of the show. No sandwiches or salads are needed.

It’s perfect for a main dish. After baking them in the oven, they’re juicy and tender and packed with seafood flavor. And it’s so easy to make. With a few humble ingredients like lemons, olive oil, garlic, and parsley you can make this flavor-bomb of a dish. Just put all the ingredients into a pan to make an incredible seafood recipe in 15 minutes!

Oven Baked Prawn Ingredients

Parsley – use fresh parsley, not dried.

Garlic – use fresh garlic.

Lemon juice – fresh lemon juice, not the bottled type you buy in-store.

Olive oil – you can also use ghee or melted butter.

Prawns – use tiger prawns or shrimp.

Lemon – use fresh lemon or lime.

How To Make Baked Prawns

Use cleaned prawns. To clean, make a small incision in the back behind the head of the prawn. Pull out the vein, taking care not to leave parts of it behind. Leave the skin on for added flavor.

Make the marinade by mixing together parsley, garlic, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and salt.

Place the prawns in the baking dish and sprinkle with the marinade and lemon slices.

Bake until cooked through and fragrant.  Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. We like garlic aioli or sweet chili.

How Long To Bake Prawns? 

Bake for 13 to 15 minutes until golden. If you have a force-fan oven, you can turn down the temperature to 160°C.

What To Serve With Baked Prawns

Serve the baked prawns with the pan juices, aioli, fresh crusty bread, and extra lemon wedges.


Add a splash of wine for extra flavor.

Add cheese if you want. Sprinkle with parmesan, feta, or cheddar cheese 5 minutes before the end of baking and allow to bake and melt.

If you want more crunch, you can also mix Panko breadcrumbs with the cheese.

If you’re using frozen prawns, allow them to thaw in cold water first and then dry with a paper towel.

How To Store Oven Baked Prawns

Store the prawns in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Enjoy cold or heat in the microwave.


In a small bowl add the parsley, garlic, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt and mix all well together to prepare the marinade.

After the marinade is ready, arrange the prawns in a baking dish.

Sprinkle the prawns with the marinade and add the lemon slices to the top.

Transfer to the oven and bake for 13 minutes at 180°C/360°F.


You can buy prawns in various forms: cooked, raw, and frozen. They may be sold in the shell, or already peeled.

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