Chilli Prawns with Chorizo

This Chilli Prawns with Chorizo Recipe is so easy to make and makes a very tasty starter for when you are entertaining!  Along with anti pasti its become my go to starter dish for easy entertaining.

It is pretty spicy – way too spicy for my little ones, so if the kids are  eating with us I make them a less spicy version, which I have also shared below.

Preparation time – 10 minutes

Cooking time – 5 – 10 minutes

Serves – 4 – 6 adults 

Childs version serves – 2- 4 kiddies

Ingredients for Chilli Prawns with Chorizo

250g raw prawns (shells removed)
4 – 6 king prawns (shell on)
225g Chorizo ring chopped
1 red onion
4 cloves of garlic peeled
2 – 3 birds eye chillies (stalks cut off)
2 tbsp smoked paprika
4 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 Lemons
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 400g can chopped tomatoes
Bunch of fresh basil
Knob of butter
Salt and pepper to season

Method – Chilli Prawns and Chorizo

Peel the onion and chop into quarters and add to a food processor along with the peeled garlic cloves.  Add the chillies, paprika, along with the zest and juice of two lemons.

Add the white wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, the basil (leaving some leaves for the garnish) and the chopped tomatoes.  Blitz until it’s a sauce and then set aside until ready.

When ready to serve, heat a knob of butter in a frying pan and stir fry the prawns and chorizo together for 5 minutes, until the prawns are pink.  Meanwhile warm the piri piri sauce in a pan on the side.

Remove the large prawns and set aside.  When ready add the sauce to the pan with the prawns and chorizo.  Season to taste.

Spoon into small bowls and top with a king prawn and some basil.  Mop up with bread.

Kiddies Ingredients – Prawns and Chorizo

1 400g can chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp smokes paprika
2 cloves of garlic grated
1 tsp sugar
Some of the prawns and chorizo from above

Kiddies version – Prawns and Chorizo

Stir fry the garlic in some oil for a couple of minutes until soft.  Add the tomatoes, and then stir in the paprika and sugar.  Bring to the boil and then leave simmer until ready to serve.

Take some of the prawns and chorizo from the adults portions or extra if you have, and add to the sauce.

Spoon into bowls and serve as above.



  1. January 6, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    This sounds amazing, it would go perfectly with our tapas nights we have with friends. I’d just need to make a smaller portion of it.

    • January 6, 2017 / 12:39 pm

      It could be easily halved. Or make more and save the sauce for chicken later in the week. Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  2. January 6, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    I think I have just died and gone to foodie heaven looking at this – drool!

  3. January 6, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    oh wow this looks amazing! Im a huge prawn fan so this is def on my list!

    • January 6, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      Trust me it’s so easy to make – hope you enjoy it 🙂

  4. January 7, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    I could sit and eat a bowl full of this right now, I have never tried Prawn and Chorizo together!

  5. ChelseaMamma
    January 8, 2017 / 10:08 am

    Gutted that i am allergic to prawns, sounds delicious – will pass to my daughter, she loves them

    • January 8, 2017 / 12:53 pm

      I hope she likes it. If you can’t eat prawns why not try with chicken. Slice up a chicken breast or two and fry with the chorizo, then add the sauce and heat through. Voila!

  6. Sophie Whiffen
    January 9, 2017 / 9:31 am

    This look absolutely amazing! Bookmarked to pass on to a friend….

  7. January 9, 2017 / 11:02 am

    I’m up for any meal that involves PiriPiri so am going to give this a go at the weekend!!

  8. January 9, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    I’d eat this all day long but my kids won’t eat prawns…. yet. I didn’t eat them as a kid but I love them now. Here’s to the future and less fussy palates!

    • January 9, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      Mine love prawns, but then if we order them out they end up eating them all and we’re left with none!

  9. January 11, 2017 / 10:01 am

    Ohh, This is absolutely looks amazing I bet my hubby would love this too. I can’t wait to try this glad you share this with us

  10. January 13, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    My partner would love this, might treat him x

  11. January 26, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Yum! I can confirm that this was delicious when you made it for us – although I think next time I might ask for the children’s version as I’m not good with lots of heat!

    • January 27, 2017 / 10:56 am

      My mums the same, sometimes we have to make three versions, one for the kids, a slightly spicy one for my mum and then the real kick one for the rest of us!

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