Saturday, December 18, 2021

Spicy Prawns With Rotini

I could lie and say that this recipe only cost me $5 to make.  I won't.  The only thing I had to buy when I decided I wanted to make this dish were the shrimp, which cost me $5 for a pound. Everything else in the ingredient list I already had on hand. (Who keeps mushrooms on-hand?! Not me, usually. Just had some left over from a previous recipe.)

Originally I made four servings ('cause I had bought a pound of shrimp) but here I present the recipe scaled down for a single serving.

Fair warning....This is a FUCKING SALTY dish.


  • 2oz dry pasta
    • Rotini, Spagetti, or whatever floats your boat is fine. 
  • 3-4oz Raw shrimp.
    • Check out the sea-food counter of your grocery store, mine had previously frozen prawns for $5/lb while the packaged frozen prawns in the freezer section were $9/lb.
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
    • Or salted, if you're salty.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp grated/minced/paste garlic
    • Go buck-wild, nobody can tell you what to do with garlic!
  • 3 oz broccolini.
    • Or broccoli florets.
  • 3 oz sliced mushrooms, optionally.
    • Some people don't like mushrooms. You do you.
  • .0375 tbsp Garlic chili sauce. 
    • Lee Kum Kee brand is what I use. Look in the ethnic isle of your suburban hell-hole grocery store.*
* I live in a suburban hell-hole where anything remotely perceived to be Kosher, Latino, or Asian is exiled under the generic title of "Ethnic."


  1.  Cook the pasta, drain it and hold it off to the side. Nothing fancy, just follow the instructions on the package and you'll be alright. 
    • I like to pre-game the pasta party by cooking it the night before, storing it in the fridge.  Makes on-the-day cooking faster/less involved and well...BecauseReasons(tm): 
  2. In a non-stick pan (or a stick pan...I don't know what you got) over medium heat dump in the olive oil and shrimp.  Cook the shrimp until they're not blue, then hold them off to the side.
    • Flip 'em over a couple of times.
    • Season them with some pepper as they cook, if you're feeling fancy.  Fresh ground is cool but from a shaker is fine.
  3. IN THE SAME PAN, WITHOUT THE SHRIMP IN IT, AND STILL OVER MEDIUM HEAT, drop in the butter, let it melt. Then drop in the broccolini, garlic, and 'shrooms. (If you're into 'shrooms.). Cook until the broccolini is tender.
    • I shoot for soft but not limply wilted.
  4. Dump the shrimp back into the pan with the butter and broccolini (and maybe 'shoorms), add the chili sauce. Stir it up for a minute or so.
  5. Dump the pasta into the pan with the prawns, butter, and broccolini (and meybe 'shrooms), then pour in the soy sauce. Toss 'yer pasta until all the noodles look coated. (And are warmed up if you're using pre-cooked pasta).
  6. That's it. You're done. Plate it and eat it.
Nutritional Information
Calculated nutritional info based on ingredients. (Not cooking/preparation method.)
Nutrition Facts
Servings 1.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 543
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27 g41 %
Saturated Fat 9 g46 %
Monounsaturated Fat 13 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 30 mg10 %
Sodium 980 mg41 %
Potassium 3 mg0 %
Total Carbohydrate 51 g17 %
Dietary Fiber 6 g22 %
Sugars 6 g
Protein 23 g46 %
Vitamin A8 %
Vitamin C0 %
Calcium0 %
Iron14 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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