How to make a quick rice with Prawns

Quick Prawn Rice Indian Prawn Pilaf

One of my time saving fun meal is this quick prawn rice. It’s the quickest meal you can make for your family in 20 minutes.  This delicious Indian prawn pilau recipe is a one-pot meal and a blessing to busy and working moms like me.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: fish, Indian curry, Indian recipes, Indian rice pilaf, Inidan, Prawns, Seafood, shrimp
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 243kcal
Author: Veena Azmanov
Cost: $5


For the rice

  • 1 cup Basmati rice washed, soaked for 30 minutes then drained
  • 2 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 cup Onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Ginger grated
  • 1 1/2 cup Stock vegetable or chicken
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro chopped

Whole Spices

  • 4 Cloves optional
  • 2 Cardamons optional
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick optional
  • 3 Bay leaves optional

For the Prawns

  • 1 cup Prawns shelled, deveined, washed and drained
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika optional
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil



  • Wash and soak the rice in cold water for 30 minutes. Then drain and set aside.
  • In a heavy bottom saute pan add the oil and whole spices. Saute for 30 seconds to a minute
  • Then add and saute the onions until translucent.
  • Next, add grated ginger and minced garlic. Saute a minute more.
  • Add the rice, saute for 2 to 3 minutes until lightly toasted.
  • Now, add the stock or water.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Let come to a boil.
  • As soon as the stock comes to a boil – reduce the heat down to a low simmer and cover the pan with a lid.
  • Put the timer on for 15 minutes and let the rice cook on low heat.
  • Once the timer goes off – switch the heat off but do not open the lid.
  • Let the rice cook in the residue heat for 10 min while you cook the prawns.


  • Clean the prawn, Pat them dry.
  • Marinate prawns with salt, pepper, and paprika. Set aside.
  • While the rice is cooking – add 1 tsp of oil to a non-stick pan.
  • Add prawns – cooks on med-low for three minutes.
  • Set aside


  • After 10 minutes open the rice pot lid.
  • Add chopped cilantro and prawns
  • Fluff rice with a fork gently combining the herbs and prawns.
  • Your rice is ready to serve.



If you prefer you can add the prawns directly to the rice and cook the pilaf for 15 minutes too. Cooking the prawns separte keep the flavor of the rice neutral and ensures the prawns don't over cook. 


Serving: 191g | Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.4g | Protein: 9.1g | Fat: 1.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 2.7g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg