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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 2.97 / 5 (87 votes)

Prep time:
10 min
Cook time:
20 min
2 as a starter or main with side dishes such as buttered rice

Prawns are baked with gruyère and tomato in Allegra McEvedy's simple and satisfying recipe


1. Put the kettle on and preheat the oven to top whack. In a frying pan over a medium heat, sauté the garlic and onion in butter for a few minutes.

2. Pour boiling water over the tomatoes and leave for just a minute before lifting them out with a slotted spoon and dunking them in the iced water. Peel them then cut in half, remove the core and seeds and roughly chop the flesh.

3. Stir the tomato purée in with the onions until they are well coated then add the wine and bay leaves. Toss in the prawns and cook for just a minute each side – until the outside turns pink them out.

4. Continue reducing the wine until nearly all the liquid has gone and add the chopped tomato and cook for 5 minutes with a lid.

5. Preheat the grill to very hot. Lay the prawns out in an ovenproof dish so they are quite snug. Once the sauce has reduced down enough to fit in a wine glass, pour it over the prawns.

6. Sprinkle with cheese, then put the dish under the grill for about 5-7 minutes until golden brown.


  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, with crosses carved into the bottom
  • ice or ice cold water, for blanching tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée, heaped
  • 1 small glass white wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 12 king prawns, peeled and de-veined but tail still on
  • 60 g gruyere, gouda or emmenthal, grated

Tips and suggestions

It is easy to overcook the prawns in the grill so get them out as soon as the dish has browned.

Serve lemon wedges as a starter or add buttered rice and a salad for a main course.

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Latest Comment


Really tasty......Double the portion, if you're hungry like us! Made this a few times now Smile

KellyC91655 KellyC91655  Posted 17 May 2014 5:55 PM

loved this. Used cheddar or emmental on the top. delish!

Diane walker mcalley Diane walker mcalley  Posted 09 Apr 2013 2:11 PM

Cooked this as part of a Turkish themed meal evening. Very enjoyable,guests all gave good comments,will use the recipe again.

PeterA56728 PeterA56728  Posted 15 Oct 2012 3:53 PM

sounds yummy....will try it very soon

dariusA19251 dariusA19251 Posted 24 Aug 2012 11:59 AM