Prawn Aglio Olio Spaghetti


prawns spaghetti aglio olio
A Mediterranean recipe of Italy meeting Spain! Here, I have combined my Gambas Pil Pil (Link Below) recipe along with my (mother’s) Spaghetti Aglio Olio recipe. (Link down Below). Both these recipes have my favorite ingredients, Garlic & Parsley!
Why Pasta Water?
The salty pasta water has starch left from boiling the pasta, which really helps in adding flavor to the sauce. Not only does it add flavor, it also glues your choice of pasta with the sauce leaving a glaze. Never throw out your pasta water, always leave a ¼ cup to 1 cup out, depending upon the quantity of the pasta you are making.
What Kind of Prawns to Use?
You can use any types of prawns depending upon your palette. I would recommend using Medium or Large size ones as they immerse flavor easier than Jumbo or Tiger Size Prawns. Make sure your prawns are Deveined and De-Shelled properly. Cut the tail as well.
Wash the prawns thoroughly before use!
Here’s how you can make this recipe at home:
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish
Yields 1 Medium Bowl
Calories 375 kcal


  • Gas/Induction Stove
  • Saute Pan
  • Utensils


  • 7 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 cubes Butter
  • 25 gm Garlic (sliced thinly long)
  • Salt to Taste
  • Pepper to Taste
  • Red Chilli Flakes to Taste
  • 20 gm fresh Parsley
  • 400 gm Prawns/Shrimps
  • Spaghetti as required
  • 1/4 cup Pasta Water


  • Take a Big Vessel or Sauce Pan and fill it with Hot Water and put it on High Heat. After a few minutes, let it come to a boil and a tablespoon of Salt and Olive Oil. Once the water is boiling, add your choice of Pasta (Spaghetti, pictured above)and let it cook for around 7-10 minutes or until al-dente.
  • Al Dente? Is when your Pasta is to-the-tooth. It’s both firm and chewy. Take out a piece using a fork and try it! When your Spaghetti is cooked, do not drain the water completely. Save a cup!
  • Take a Pan / Skillet and add olive oil and butter to it. Keep it on a low heat setting until the butter has melted completely and mixed with Olive Oil.
  • Add in thinly sliced garlic and let cook slowly - infuse it’s flavours with the Oil & the Butter. Give your garlic time and let it slowly cook.
  • When almost cooked, add Red Chilli Flakes, Salt and Pepper. Add less, you can revisit flavours later, when it’s time for a Taste Check!
  • Add Prawns to it and let it cook. Do not flip the prawns yet, let it properly cook on the side.
  • On the raw side (the side facing you), add more seasoning (salt, pepper) and all your parsley to this side (as pictured).
  • Flip the prawns now after adding the Parsley and let it cook. When prawns are more than 70% cooked, add your spaghetti and mix well.
  • Add in 2-3 tbsp or ¼ cup of Pasta Water and mix all well until thoroughly combined.
  • Time for Taste Check! Season how you like it. Let all flavours mix and then serve hot and fresh!

Closing Note

This is a great seafood pasta recipe!
It’s really easy to make and doesn’t require a whole lot of ingredients as well. Make this at home with utmost ease and pair it with a glass of White or Rose wine.
Keyword Italian, Pasta, Prawns, Seafood, Spaghetti, Spanish

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