Drunken prawns with port and vinho verde

July 4, 2015 (Last Updated: June 14, 2022)

Drunken prawns with port and vinho verde

Serves: 6
Cooking Time: 30 minutes + 2 hours, to marinate


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 20ml (4 tsp) olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 stick celery, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 180ml port
  • 20ml (4 tsp) vinho verde (white wine)
  • 700g easy-peel pink prawns
  • 25ml olive oil
  • 15g butter
  • 10ml (2 tsp) fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 3 limes, cut in half, to serve



Heat 20ml oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion and fry for 10 minutes until soft and golden. Add the garlic, celery and carrot, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the port and wine and cook until reduced, 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.


Once cold, add the prawns and refrigerate, covered, to marinate for 2 hours.


Remove the prawns from the marinade and fry in 25ml olive oil and butter in a large pot over high heat for 5 minutes on each side. Strain the marinade and pour the strained juices over the prawns. Reduce the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.


Stir in the parsley and serve with a lime half.


The prawns can be marinated up to a day in advance.

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