Chilli & Garlic Prawns with Beer Matching | John Quilter

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Yes Food Tube, John Quilter aka The Food Busker back in the house and i’ve got a simple, tasty prawn dish that’s going to blow your mind fried with chilli and garlic, it’s so delicious but there’s a great little twist to this recipe because we’ve teamed up with ‘There’s A Beer For That’ Now these guys are brilliant because they show you how to match great beer with great food I love this dish because it’s so big on flavour but you’ve got to get all the prep done because it happens really quickly in the pan. Now these are king prawns, you can use tiger prawns you could use the smaller ones if you wanted to, I’m using these guys because they’re packed full of flavour there’s so much meat there. Now what I’m going to do is I’m going to cut it open and take out the vein that’s sometimes is there and then you might just want to cut through just a little bit more so that you open it up fully, i’m leaving the shell on because it’s going to add so much flavour you can take it off if you want to but try it with it on. Okay so that’s done and now let’s go and wash my hands because you’ve been handling raw fish Right okay, now let’s get the rest of the ingredients done. So garlic, I want to take the heel off and then I want to thinly slice it Four cloves done, looks like a lot of garlic right? Don’t worry about that, it’s going into the oil, the oils going to calm all that garlicky flavour down and bring it down to a natural hum, rather than an aggressive garlic feel Right, let’s grab a couple of chillies. You can take the seeds out if you’re worrying about it being too hot but this is going to go into the oil it’s going to calm it down so I’m going to leave them in we’re just going to cut them on the slant, okay that’s your chilli and your garlic done look at the colour and the flavour getting ready. Now let’s get out parsley done so just grab some beautiful, fresh flat leaf parsley and just pick the leaves off scoop up your parsley, get it into a ball and then we’re going to tightly chop this Okay, final ingredient, let’s just get a lemon. We’re going to squeeze that in, that acidity is going to cut through the moreish-ness of the garlic and the chilli and the oil, it’s going to be delicious the next thing we got to do is get our pan on, all the prep’s done let’s talk about the beers that are going to go with this. Now, I’ve chosen lagers. Guys seriously you’ve got to have another look at lagers there’s so many different types with different characteristics and flavours. They’re refreshing and balanced with a subtle sweetness and a refreshing bitterness. They really kind of reset your pallet when you’re eating so that it invites you to go again with the food Right guys, everything’s ready, time to cook. First thing we do, get some oil in the pan three or four tablespoons of good olive oil make sure your pan is nice and hot Now i’m going to take nob of butter a good sizeable one and drop that in and that’s going to start fizzing straight away now normally butter would burn but the oil alters the temperature and so it’s not going to burn and that butter is going to add a really luxurious flavour to the prawns now let’s get the garlic and the chilli in Let’s get our prawns in scoop those up and just drop it in there’s enough prawns here to feed about 4 people as a starter or 2 people as a main leave them in there and we’re going to let them colour on one side okay, and then they really don’t take very long you begin to see they’re turning pink and they’re caramelising, it’s going to be absolutely gorgeous these are ready, so I’ve got some rocket in a bowl there, I’m just going to get my parsley and just drop that in, listen to that crackle, that’s releasing all the flavour from the parsley and then just get a nice big lemon wedge and just squeeze it in done cooked in the space of 2 minutes and then just look how good this stuff looks at the top you just drop that on, there’s some fresh crusty bread if you want to go with it but look at that guy, absolutely mega I’ve got 3 great lagers that are perfect with these prawns this one’s really refreshing and clean and got a subtle sweetness to it this one’s richer and it’s got a peppery bitterness to it and this one which I’m going to go for today has got tropical fruits and citrus, really refreshing Really refreshing, really getting that tropical fruit what you do is you start off with that, kind of like layering different flavour now let’s try some prawn Oh my god, let’s have a bit more lager with that now that tropical fruit really, really compliments all the flavours that’s going on with the shrimp what’s great about it, is that it refreshes my pallet encouraging me to crack on with another prawn ahh brothers and sisters so good they work so well together but what would you’ve matched these prawns with? let me know in the comment box below, there’s no rules when it comes to beer and food and if you want to learn more about that then click on the link above and people subscribe to drinks tube Boom!


  1. I thought you're gonna add beer onto the pan as an ingredient. What if I do so? Does it change the flavour much??

  2. "4 people" That's not even enough for me, and I am not that fat. Although I got a little bit of a weight. :p

  3. A main for 2 you say….you don't know me ill eat them all to myself!! 😀 thanks for the beer match really interesting

  4. He's forgotten one very important element in cooking – the seasoning. Basic salt and pepper. Nothing goes quite well with beer if it isn't salty/spicy

  5. I'd stick with the Pilsner Urquell the original and first pilsner, I would like to have a go at the Adnams, but I'm not sure if I can get it in the States!

  6. why not grate the chilli and garlic and mix it with the butter? then smear the butter on the open's prawns. I usually suck on the head of the prawns so I guess removing the head and stuffing some of those flavoured butter in as well? sounds better to me.

  7. thumb up for pilsner urqell its still good beer but i think the best days are over come here to Prague and taste the Unetice 12 its best oldfashioned bitter beer …and u never open Heineken

  8. I made this for my wife and she said it was one of the best thing she ever had! So much flavor. leave the shell on! The wife cannot handle heat, yet this was fine cause cooking the pepper dials the heat down. The beer is an absolute must!

  9. Guys, if you're cooking this dish, go out and get a lovely can of Special Brew. The taste of tramps piss really goes well with the beautiful flavours of the prawns and the garlic.

  10. Wow! Just listening to you talk made me hungry, but more so very thirsty! Have Grolsch Lentebok, Grolsch Kanon, Grolsch IPA, Brand Pilsener, Brand Zwaar Blonde, Brand IPA and Duvel Tripel in the fridge. Pilsner Urquell is very good, but Heineken is soulless IMHO. Think I'm going to polish off my stock this long weekend! Happy days!

  11. 3:27 "these are ready" you have cut from turning them over, to these are ready but you haven't mentioned a time scale??? so how long did you actually cook them??? 3 mins, 3 hours, 3 days if you are showing us what to do, then cutting from one scene to another doesn't help. apart from that, it was a very good video. Thank you. Colin.

  12. thank you for delicious recipe + I add a little bit beer in pan.

  13. My brother in law thinks he's chefmaster and made your recipe…. soooo good! We paired it with a mexican lager and it was delish 😋

  14. John Quilter…damn you!!! the way you cooked was amazing..the pairing was unbelievable… the way you ate and your expression was hipnotizing. You are my new fave food tube channel now.

  15. Great beer style combination! Somebody who understands that lagers and pilsener go good together with chili, prawn and garlic. But sorry there are for sure rules in beer pairing Cheers

  16. What could be better than spicy prawns and beer. Pawns without the shell on. If the flavour is so good? Add the prawn heads separately and then remove before serving. That way, you get all the flavour without the messy fingers. If your serving this to your mates with beer, there will be sticky finger prints all throughout your house. Beer drinks tend to forget napkins. I'm guilty! I'm definitely trying this recipe though.

  17. This was bomb. So easy I made it for dinner for my wife and I. Tonight is round 2 and we're going to step it up with some pho style noodles.

  18. Heineken is not the best of all beers but as a major commercial beer highly produced its good and not as expensive as other craft beers

  19. He did for 5 minutes. I mean he cooked the dish and did this video amazingly. Well done!!! Im gonna try it this evening! THX!

  20. Hey gentleman I'm a Indian from Kerala I like Spanish food alot can you make Indersting video like this…. And neat cooking 😃

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