One pan prawns with ginger, lemon & garlic

So this is another true Desperado Dinner. 

Indeed I wish I could share a video of it being made. But alas I was home alone.

A typical example of lack of menu planning- meaning going to the supermarket after work - then because I knew I really wanted to share meal with you - racing about like a cartoon character trying to get it cooked and photographed before the light faded.

Which for me means racing between the lounge room - where the light is better and I take photographs  - and the kitchen - where I am actually making dinner. Completely comical if anyone was looking in.

. So not great photos as it was getting late in the day, but hopefully enough to show:

a.) how quick and easy this meal is

b.) how versatile - e.g. herbs or chilli would change the flavour; beef or chicken could be used if that is all you have on hand

Haul from shopping: Lots of greens! Spinach, peas, broccoli, beans, coriander; along with lemon, ginger, lime & garlic..

Haul from shopping: Lots of greens! Spinach, peas, broccoli, beans, coriander; along with lemon, ginger, lime & garlic..


  • Put rice on to cook

  • Grate ginger, lemon rind and a clove of garlic

  • Juice lemon

  • Prepare broccoli

  • Heat small amount of water in fry pan to par boil peas and broccoli. If you have a microwave this can be used. Remove vegetables from pan and set aside.

  • Heat small amount of oil in fry pan and then add prawns. Toss with grated ginger, garlic and lemon rind and cook on a low heat until nearly cooked through ( 3 - 5 minutes)

  • Add coconut milk, cooked broccoli & peas and spinach. Put lid on frypan for 5 mins to wilt spinach and further cook broccoli & peas

And of course add spinach - the final step of any Desperado Dinner.  Such an easy way to add a serve of vegetables and an extra serve of dark leafy greens to you diet.


Put lid on the pan to wilt the spinach

and Serve!

This is such an easy dish and there are so many variations possible.

It is actually the first time I have bought  a packet of frozen prawns -  but I am now a convert.

I had always thought prawns were 'special occasion' only - and something you ate out or at Christmas!   BUT the frozen ones at the supermaket are actually okay and it opens up a huge range of quick, easy & light summer meals.

 It's up to everyone what they choose, and there is a huge price differntial, but I did choose Australian, un-farmed. A luxury as I live close to somewhere that they are sold like this, and this year I can afford the price differential

If you would like precise measure or more detailed instructions leave a message below. In the meantime, look out for more prawn recipes - I feel I have made a totally new discovery and likely to bore everyone with prawn recipes!