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Mozambican Prawns Nacional Recipe

One of South Africa’s favourites! A Mozambican Prawns Nacional recipe

Mozambican Prawns Nacional is one of those dishes that we mostly order when dining out at a Portuguese restaurant or on holiday in Mozambique.

What many do not seem to realise is that this is a very easy dinner to make at home. So we recommend that you all give this recipe a go, you will not be disappointed.

It’s best served with a crusty Portuguese Roll or chips to dip into the sauce.

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Serves: 4  Preparation: 5 min   Cooking: 15 min


Queen Prawns 20
Bay Leaves 3
Unsalted Butter 150 g
Garlic Cloves 3
Green Chillies 3
Smoked Paprika 1 teaspoon(s)
Single Cream 125 ml
Fresh Parsley 1 small bunch(s)
Beer 150 ml


  1. Peel & chop the garlic
  2. Chop the chillies
  3. Chop the parsley


  1. Melt the butter in a frying pan on medium heat
  2. Add the bay leaves, chopped garlic & chopped chillies
  3. Cook for 5 minutes on low heat.
  4. Chuck in the prawns and the smoked paprika increase to medium heat.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes, turning the prawns half way through
  6. When the prawns have turned a reddish colour you will know they are nearly ready.
  7. Pour in the beer and cook for another 2 minutes
  8. Pour in the cream
  9. Add salt to taste and then some of the parsley (save some for garnish).
  10. Cook for another 2 minutes on low heat.

If you are cooking this as a mains you can serve with chips, rice, veg or salad. Whatever takes you fancy. As a starter this will be perfect as is although you might want to reduce the number of prawns or invite more guests.

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