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Tom Yum Prawn Linguine

My love for fusion pasta knows no bounds. This epic dish sees traditional tom yum soup flavours infuse a tomato sauce, resulting in a gorgeously rich dinner you’ll want to get lost in. Don’t forget to keep your pasta al dente as you’ll finish the cooking in the sauce at the end.


Tom Yum Prawn Linguine

10 minutes
1 hour

3 tbsp vegetable oil

12 large shell-on tiger prawns

1 stalk lemongrass, bruised and finely chopped

5cm (2 inch) piece galangal, finely sliced

6 makrut lime leaves

400g (14oz) tin crushed tomatoes

1 tbsp fish sauce

250g (8.8oz) dried linguine

2 red shallots, finely sliced

3 birdseye chillies, sliced

100g (3.5oz) cherry tomatoes, halved

juice of half a lime

coriander (cilantro) leaves to serve (optional)

  • Step 1

    Peel the prawns, reserving all the heads and shells. Devein the prawns. Then slice each prawn lengthways to butterfly them in half.

  • Step 2

    Heat 2 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the prawns heads and shells and cook for 2-3 minutes until their colour turns pink. Add the lemongrass, galangal and 4 of the makrut lime leaves (crush them in your hand before adding to the pan). Reserve 2 lime leaves for later. Cook stirring for 2-3 minutes. Use a potato masher to crush the prawn heads and shells to release more flavour. Add the tinned tomatoes plus ½ can of water. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes to infuse all the flavours.

  • Step 3

    Use tongs to remove most of the prawn heads and large pieces of prawn shell and makrut lime leaves. Blend the sauce in a food processor until smooth. Add fish sauce and season with more fish sauce or salt to taste. Strain through a coarse sieve, using a spatula to press the liquid through. Discard the solids.

  • Step 4

    Pull the stem out of the remaining makrut lime leaves and discard. Finely chop the leaves and reserve for later.

  • Step 5

    Place the linguine in a large pot of salted boiling water over high heat. Cook until al dente (usually just before the packet instructions say timing-wise).

  • Step 6

    In the meantime, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add the chillies and the prawns and cook for about half a minute. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for another half a minute. Pour in your tomato sauce mixture and bring to a gentle simmer. Either turn the heat off to wait for your pasta to cook or if the pasta is ready, use tongs to transfer the pasta straight into the sauce. Add 3 tablespoons of the pasta cooking water. Now place the pan back on the heat and toss and stir the linguine until it absorbs a little of the sauce and the sauce thickens slightly. Squeeze over the lime juice and sprinkle over the reserved makrut lime leaves. Divide among serving bowls.

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What our customers say

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June 30, 2023

Combining the flavors of Tom yum with pasta is epic! Don’t hesitate to try this recipe. It’s so worth the process. I’ve made it multiple times and not once have I been disappointed.

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Spicy and delicious!

January 31, 2023

This recipe was fantastic! I did not have lime leaves or galangal available near me so I replaced them with ginger and lime zest. It turned out incredible. I added a bit of sugar and a dash of cream to the sauce. I also used homemade linguine noodles. I can’t wait to eat this again! it was very satisfying and delicious. The sauce was incredibly rich and flavorful.

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What’s not to Love?!

September 28, 2022

Tom Yum – My favorite. Pasta – my favorite. Prawns – my favorite. This recipe combines them all and it is a triple threat! So delicious. The last two times I made this, I performed a fusion of my own: Marion’s Bali Prawns atop the Tom Yum Linguine. It’s a next level company worthy dish. Thanks, Marion.

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