How to make Gregg and Anna Wallace’s prawns with chilli and garlic

By Lauren Taylor. Published 2020-08-29
Seafood done simply.

This gamberi recipe was passed down from Anna’s father, who was famous in their family for his barbecue cookery.

“I can remember watching my dad make this recipe,” she says in Gregg’s Italian Family Cookbook, her new cookbook with husband Gregg Wallace. “They tasted so good that I even sucked the juices from the heads. It’s a messy dish to eat, but so worth it.”


(Serves 4-6)

3tbsp olive oil

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1tsp chilli flakes

28 raw large king prawns with shells on

300ml dry white wine

3tbsp finely chopped flat leaf parsley

Crusty bread to serve (optional)


  1. Put the oil in a frying pan, add the garlic and chilli flakes and fry over a medium heat for two to three minutes.

  2. Add the prawns and cook, stirring, for two to three minutes until they turn pink.

  3. Increase the heat, pour in the wine and allow to bubble for one minute so that the alcohol evaporates.

  4. Sprinkle the prawns with the chopped parsley, then tumble them into a large serving dish.

  5. Serve with crusty bread to mop up all the lovely juices.


Gregg’s Italian Family Cookbook by Gregg & Anna Wallace is published by Mitchell Beazley,