Easy BBQ Garlic Prawns Recipe

Out of all the out there, an easy and tasty is always a favorite. These are grilled grispy on the outside with a delectable lemony, garlicky finish.

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What You Need

Substitution note: you can substitute shrimp for the prawns... they taste very similar, and most people won't be able to tell the difference.

  • 2 pounds of prawns or shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 3 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • (Optional) Bamboo skewers


  • (Optional) If you are using the bamboo skewers, put them in a dish and cover with water to soak.
  • Combine the oil, lemon juice & rind, garlic, green onions, and salt.
  • Put the prawns in a bowl, and pour marinade on top.
  • Stir to ensure prawns are thoroughly coated.
  • Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator to marinate, 2 to 4 hours.
  • After marinating, remove prawns and drain. Discard used marinade.
  • (Optional) Drain water from bamboo skewers, then thread prawns onto skewers.

How to Barbecue the Prawns

  • Prepare barbecue for direct heat/grilling.
  • Preheat BBQ to hot.
  • Lightly oil the cooking grate.
  • Place the skewers / prawns onto the grate and grill for 5-7 minutes per side, turning once. Prawns are done when they are firm, pink and opaque throughout.

This is just one variation of a BBQ garlic prawns recipe ... it's actually very forgiving, so if you want to experiment with it, feel free to make it your own. The prawns are delicious on top of a cool, crisp green salad... or sometimes we just leave lots of prawn skewers out along with barbecued ears of fresh corn and let everyone help themselves!



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