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Seared Prawns on a Spicy Broccoli Cream

Broccoli were already on the tables of the ancient Romans, thus it’s not a mystery that Italians use them in so many different recipes.

Broccoli are extremely low in calories and fats, whilst providing a good serving of vitamin C, K and B. They are a perfect idea for a low carb meal that is healthy, filling and tasteful. With its brillian green, this broccoli cream sure makes for a stunning entrée. This broccoli cream can also be served cold.

Serves: 2 | Preparation time: 10 mins | Cooking time: 20 mins

  • Broccoli: 200 g
  • Fresh or Frozen Prawns: 80 g (about 8 medium-sized prawns)
  • Garlic: 2 cloves
  • Anchovy fillets in olive oil: 2
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil (EVOO): to taste
  • Dried chili pepper flakes: a teaspoon
  • Salt and pepper: to taste


Let’s start with the broccoli cream:

Cut the broccoli stalks, but do not throw them away.

Tip: You can use the broccoli stalk to prepare some delicious homemade broth, along with other vegetables.

Chop the broccoli florets in small pieces and rinse them under cold running water.

Pour in plenty of cold water in a saucepan, bring it to a boil over high heat.

As soon as you can see bubbles forming on the surface of the water, boil broccoli florets in salted water for about 10 minutes, or until they soften up.
Drain and set them aside, along with the water you cooked them in.

Heat up a couple of tablespoons of EVOO in a pan, then fry up  garlic cloves along with the anchovy fillets and dried chili pepper flakes for a couple of mins.
Add broccoli to the pan and stir fry them for about 5 mins, then add a ladle of the water you cooked the broccoli in.
Transfer all into a food processor.
Blend them into a thick cream, adding some of the cooking water if necessary. The cream should have a homogeneous texture.

Cooking prawns:
shell them and use a toothpick to remove the black vein on the back, then rinse the clean prawns under cold running water and dry them.

Heat up a tablespoon of EVOO in a pan – or on a griddle –  add prawns. Make sure to cook them evenly on each side; it should take about 2 mins for each side.

Serve the broccoli cream topped with a few seared prawns, a drizzle of EVOO and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper.


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  1. Looks great Firoenza, am anxious to try this as a starter for Easter. I’m thinking this Broccoli cream can also be served with crisp, fresh vegetables … what do you think, should I give that a try too?

    1. Dear Anna,
      thank you so much.
      The idea of crisp vegetables might work! I’d choose potatoes or even carrots.
      I also like the simple version seasoned only with a little Evoo and served with simple croutons or crispy bacon ..

      Keep me posted 🙂

  2. Looks delicious. Why wouldn’t you boil the broccoli in the garlic water? I have to try this, a great combination.

  3. This was really tasty and healthy too. I’m glad the broccoli cream was dairy free as I have a sensitivity to dairy.

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