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Chilli & Garlic Prawns with Beer Matching | John Quilter

October 31, 2019

Yes Food Tube, John Quilter aka The Food Busker back in the house and i’ve got a simple, tasty prawn dish that’s going to blow your mind fried with chilli and garlic, it’s so delicious but there’s a great little twist to this recipe because we’ve teamed up with ‘There’s A Beer For That’ Now these guys are brilliant because they show you how to match great beer with great food I love this dish because it’s so big on flavour but you’ve got to get all the prep done because it happens really quickly in the pan. Now these are king prawns, you can use tiger prawns you could use the smaller ones if you wanted to, I’m using these guys because they’re packed full of flavour there’s so much meat there. Now what I’m going to do is I’m going to cut it open and take out the vein that’s sometimes is there and then you might just want to cut through just a little bit more so that you open it up fully, i’m leaving the shell on because it’s going to add so much flavour you can take it off if you want to but try it with it on. Okay so that’s done and now let’s go and wash my hands because you’ve been handling raw fish Right okay, now let’s get the rest of the ingredients done. So garlic, I want to take the heel off and then I want to thinly slice it Four cloves done, looks like a lot of garlic right? Don’t worry about that, it’s going into the oil, the oils going to calm all that garlicky flavour down and bring it down to a natural hum, rather than an aggressive garlic feel Right, let’s grab a couple of chillies. You can take the seeds out if you’re worrying about it being too hot but this is going to go into the oil it’s going to calm it down so I’m going to leave them in we’re just going to cut them on the slant, okay that’s your chilli and your garlic done look at the colour and the flavour getting ready. Now let’s get out parsley done so just grab some beautiful, fresh flat leaf parsley and just pick the leaves off scoop up your parsley, get it into a ball and then we’re going to tightly chop this Okay, final ingredient, let’s just get a lemon. We’re going to squeeze that in, that acidity is going to cut through the moreish-ness of the garlic and the chilli and the oil, it’s going to be delicious the next thing we got to do is get our pan on, all the prep’s done let’s talk about the beers that are going to go with this. Now, I’ve chosen lagers. Guys seriously you’ve got to have another look at lagers there’s so many different types with different characteristics and flavours. They’re refreshing and balanced with a subtle sweetness and a refreshing bitterness. They really kind of reset your pallet when you’re eating so that it invites you to go again with the food Right guys, everything’s ready, time to cook. First thing we do, get some oil in the pan three or four tablespoons of good olive oil make sure your pan is nice and hot Now i’m going to take nob of butter a good sizeable one and drop that in and that’s going to start fizzing straight away now normally butter would burn but the oil alters the temperature and so it’s not going to burn and that butter is going to add a really luxurious flavour to the prawns now let’s get the garlic and the chilli in Let’s get our prawns in scoop those up and just drop it in there’s enough prawns here to feed about 4 people as a starter or 2 people as a main leave them in there and we’re going to let them colour on one side okay, and then they really don’t take very long you begin to see they’re turning pink and they’re caramelising, it’s going to be absolutely gorgeous these are ready, so I’ve got some rocket in a bowl there, I’m just going to get my parsley and just drop that in, listen to that crackle, that’s releasing all the flavour from the parsley and then just get a nice big lemon wedge and just squeeze it in done cooked in the space of 2 minutes and then just look how good this stuff looks at the top you just drop that on, there’s some fresh crusty bread if you want to go with it but look at that guy, absolutely mega I’ve got 3 great lagers that are perfect with these prawns this one’s really refreshing and clean and got a subtle sweetness to it this one’s richer and it’s got a peppery bitterness to it and this one which I’m going to go for today has got tropical fruits and citrus, really refreshing Really refreshing, really getting that tropical fruit what you do is you start off with that, kind of like layering different flavour now let’s try some prawn Oh my god, let’s have a bit more lager with that now that tropical fruit really, really compliments all the flavours that’s going on with the shrimp what’s great about it, is that it refreshes my pallet encouraging me to crack on with another prawn ahh brothers and sisters so good they work so well together but what would you’ve matched these prawns with? let me know in the comment box below, there’s no rules when it comes to beer and food and if you want to learn more about that then click on the link above and people subscribe to drinks tube Boom!


  • Reply Elijah G. Bortnikoff October 7, 2015 at 9:30 am

    I thought you're gonna add beer onto the pan as an ingredient. What if I do so? Does it change the flavour much??

  • Reply Elites Engineering October 7, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    "4 people" That's not even enough for me, and I am not that fat. Although I got a little bit of a weight. :p

  • Reply Steven Matthews October 8, 2015 at 7:45 am

    A main for 2 you say….you don't know me ill eat them all to myself!! 😀 thanks for the beer match really interesting

  • Reply Jian Zhu October 8, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Is there any flavour on it? No salt no pepper??

  • Reply David Oliveira October 8, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    No salt in this recipe?

  • Reply Hugh Mungus October 8, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Probably a Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc. Light and refreshing.

  • Reply nilesh shinde October 8, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    @jamie oliver can i put coriander leaves ………. instead of parsley ….

  • Reply Hans junior October 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    heiniken voor de holanders !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply canyonmann1 October 9, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Rocket in a bowl????? Can you elaborate please.

  • Reply Aaron Nigli October 9, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I didn't see him adding salt. He didn't add salt. How come everyone missed that?

  • Reply Patrik Demjan October 10, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Pilsner Urqeul :3 Best beer on the planet. FTW Czech republic

  • Reply eddy Sanchez October 11, 2015 at 12:26 am

    I'm hungry already 😐

  • Reply Itoverwith Playa October 11, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Looks so good ima ask my mom to try this

  • Reply Randy H October 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    What kind of chilies are you using? This looks great, thanks

  • Reply TheNovaFTW October 14, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Isn't this the same recipe from gordon ramsay?

  • Reply Tarun kaushik Tk October 14, 2015 at 5:48 am

    In the end beer wins

  • Reply Hatim Abbassi October 15, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Is it weird that this video made my mood better!

  • Reply Li Yon October 16, 2015 at 1:36 am

    He's forgotten one very important element in cooking – the seasoning. Basic salt and pepper. Nothing goes quite well with beer if it isn't salty/spicy

  • Reply pdarocha1970 October 16, 2015 at 5:09 am

    I'd stick with the Pilsner Urquell the original and first pilsner, I would like to have a go at the Adnams, but I'm not sure if I can get it in the States!

  • Reply Adam Dean Shafi October 16, 2015 at 8:37 am

    What's with this John Quilter shit. He is the Food Busker. End of discussion…

  • Reply cheng chua boo October 19, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    why not grate the chilli and garlic and mix it with the butter? then smear the butter on the open's prawns. I usually suck on the head of the prawns so I guess removing the head and stuffing some of those flavoured butter in as well? sounds better to me.

  • Reply Michael Kwok October 23, 2015 at 4:29 am

    Good recipe, classic flavours

  • Reply Official Silke F October 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Just alcoholics drink alcohol. Don´t drink! Its destroying your life!

  • Reply Patrik Holy October 25, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    thumb up for pilsner urqell its still good beer but i think the best days are over come here to Prague and taste the Unetice 12 its best oldfashioned bitter beer …and u never open Heineken

  • Reply BrotherTree1 October 27, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Yes please!

  • Reply XcrissRS13 October 28, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    WooHoo, finally some czech beer 😀

  • Reply super plum October 29, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    What type of pan is he using???

  • Reply kids place on channel 9 November 2, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    a bit too sophisticated for us of the original 13 colonies

  • Reply super plum November 3, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Does anyone know what model of pan he is using?????

  • Reply Max McKinnon December 29, 2015 at 5:23 am

    I would probably have a coopers pale ale with its fresh floral notes thanks to the amount of hops added.

  • Reply katiekatlovesu January 1, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Did you forget to season?

  • Reply hockey3761 January 3, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    I made this for my wife and she said it was one of the best thing she ever had! So much flavor. leave the shell on! The wife cannot handle heat, yet this was fine cause cooking the pepper dials the heat down. The beer is an absolute must!

  • Reply playthegamelike January 26, 2016 at 2:05 am


  • Reply Fiona February 25, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Nice and easy! Good one but…

  • Reply Luka Dacic March 5, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Just red wine.

  • Reply Chindler Bong March 11, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Currently eating

  • Reply Jamie Snowdon April 4, 2016 at 11:49 am


  • Reply Angela Kavanagh April 11, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Coriander would be better than using parsley

  • Reply C April 14, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Guys, if you're cooking this dish, go out and get a lovely can of Special Brew. The taste of tramps piss really goes well with the beautiful flavours of the prawns and the garlic.

  • Reply deebadubbie May 14, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Wow! Just listening to you talk made me hungry, but more so very thirsty! Have Grolsch Lentebok, Grolsch Kanon, Grolsch IPA, Brand Pilsener, Brand Zwaar Blonde, Brand IPA and Duvel Tripel in the fridge. Pilsner Urquell is very good, but Heineken is soulless IMHO. Think I'm going to polish off my stock this long weekend! Happy days!

  • Reply Marcel R June 21, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Czech beer baby! Greetings from Czech republic haha

  • Reply Jordan Mane July 4, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    All these cooks are amazing!

  • Reply J T August 3, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    "Pilsner Uqrell"… hmm …. "Pilsner"…. Because that is a lager right?

  • Reply Mihir Mohanty August 29, 2016 at 12:29 am

    I would have these prawns with Coca Cola

  • Reply nath909 October 23, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    4:30 This sound byte tells you everything you need to know.

  • Reply G November 8, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Would green chillies be fine, or must they be red?

  • Reply Colin Parry - Droflas November 20, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    3:27 "these are ready" you have cut from turning them over, to these are ready but you haven't mentioned a time scale??? so how long did you actually cook them??? 3 mins, 3 hours, 3 days if you are showing us what to do, then cutting from one scene to another doesn't help. apart from that, it was a very good video. Thank you. Colin.

  • Reply jvie talania December 6, 2016 at 11:30 am

    no seasoning really????? it taste like what…..

  • Reply Clintonian 18 December 10, 2016 at 1:21 pm


  • Reply RK January 4, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    you forgot to add salt man

  • Reply Moska January 29, 2017 at 10:48 am thank you for delicious recipe + I add a little bit beer in pan.

  • Reply Brenda Hernandez February 5, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    My brother in law thinks he's chefmaster and made your recipe…. soooo good! We paired it with a mexican lager and it was delish 😋

  • Reply Gautam Prabakaran February 15, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    i am curious to try it with some real dark bitter beers

  • Reply micaela henderson February 19, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    This is superb ! Love the matching beer recommendations and all the flavor ! Thanks

  • Reply Swan March 1, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Did he just ate the prawn with the skin on ?

  • Reply זוהר אלון March 11, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    ,you look different mate

  • Reply Mo Raz March 17, 2017 at 1:06 am

    what a load of bollocks, absolutely no point for the drink with the meal apart from advertising

  • Reply George Francis March 21, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Great video! Thanks John.

  • Reply Shino Raj May 11, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Where the hell is the salt? Don't tell me it's sea food no need to add salt 😑

  • Reply RBM k》 May 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    the clever Marketing of association with Football is what does it for Heineken..

  • Reply Hendra Oktaviano May 21, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    John Quilter…damn you!!! the way you cooked was amazing..the pairing was unbelievable… the way you ate and your expression was hipnotizing. You are my new fave food tube channel now.

  • Reply iam007richie May 23, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Nothing beats garlic shrimps and Corona

    Ooooh Yeahhhhh…….

  • Reply MarzNet256 May 31, 2017 at 2:54 am

    I think a lime margarita also goes fantastically with shrimp.

  • Reply Central West Academy June 23, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Last time i checked a pilsner isn't a lager lol

  • Reply Bapas Beer & Tapas July 11, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Great beer style combination! Somebody who understands that lagers and pilsener go good together with chili, prawn and garlic. But sorry there are for sure rules in beer pairing Cheers

  • Reply TiNa Wang July 21, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Did he put any salt? Otherwise the prawns will be plain favor??? i doubt the taste…

  • Reply Max Payne3 July 29, 2017 at 10:13 am


  • Reply Xenia Ntavarinou August 6, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Made it today, excellent recipe!

  • Reply Julian Amiet August 26, 2017 at 11:05 am

    What could be better than spicy prawns and beer. Pawns without the shell on. If the flavour is so good? Add the prawn heads separately and then remove before serving. That way, you get all the flavour without the messy fingers. If your serving this to your mates with beer, there will be sticky finger prints all throughout your house. Beer drinks tend to forget napkins. I'm guilty! I'm definitely trying this recipe though.

  • Reply trexation August 27, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Pretty pathetic Ad for Heineken since it's the beer closest to urine.

  • Reply Labony Kitchen Cooking Recipe Videos September 6, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    WOW! That's delicious.

  • Reply Ciro Rizzitello September 9, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Heineken, lol

  • Reply jorge arreguin September 23, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    This was bomb. So easy I made it for dinner for my wife and I. Tonight is round 2 and we're going to step it up with some pho style noodles.

  • Reply William A-D September 25, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    That looked easy I might try that next weekend

  • Reply Stephen Hendry September 26, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I respected this video right up until I saw the Heineken…which was after a few seconds. Oh dear.

  • Reply Christopher Jensen September 27, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Seasoning ?

  • Reply R R September 28, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    The narration on these videos makes food feel more delicious.

  • Reply William A-D October 14, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Just got around to cooking it I went for the king prawn there expensive though

  • Reply Megh S October 26, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Becks gold
    Corona or sol

  • Reply some shubhra lahiri October 30, 2017 at 6:13 am


  • Reply Heather Kasey November 3, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Did he think he was drinking tea? Who sips beer?! Lol

  • Reply Supergreen_123 November 11, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Jamie Oliver wannabe…..

  • Reply sumit bajracharya December 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    how does the prawn size go insanly small

  • Reply SaiThuya Ko December 28, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    This food is not contain salt and pepper

  • Reply M Mm January 6, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Way oliver not cooking and the flog with his name

  • Reply sherry jat January 8, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Dick head lol

  • Reply sawadee2000 January 14, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Adding chilies to hot oil has NO effect on the level of spiciness. Get real.

  • Reply MrMishal03 January 17, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Love the way he says Bu Ta

  • Reply Malik almaliki January 31, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Is good lager advertising🍺🍾 thanks mate look delicious dish!

  • Reply Aleš Z March 18, 2018 at 10:25 am

    so much bs before actually getting into the recipe…

  • Reply Jesper Møller July 3, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Erdinger weissbeer Would be great with this

  • Reply Tom B July 10, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    I'd have an Asahi Super Dry with that. Yum.

  • Reply Jacques Ferreira July 27, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Heineken is not the best of all beers but as a major commercial beer highly produced its good and not as expensive as other craft beers

  • Reply TJ Davies September 16, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I tell u what would complement that beer a bag of pork scratchings

  • Reply Thenjiwe Mabope September 26, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Those are not king prawns, stop playing.

  • Reply Nazia Mirza November 8, 2018 at 11:36 am

    👍👌❤ – only for prawns delicious recipe.

  • Reply Alex Grytsenko November 18, 2018 at 12:25 am

    He did for 5 minutes. I mean he cooked the dish and did this video amazingly. Well done!!! Im gonna try it this evening! THX!

  • Reply Sheena Rehema December 29, 2018 at 2:44 am

    jaime looks very different like a whole new person… food looks so nice though

  • Reply Dilna Peter July 13, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Hey gentleman I'm a Indian from Kerala I like Spanish food alot can you make Indersting video like this…. And neat cooking 😃

  • Reply Frank The Tank September 19, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Apple Orchard probably goes good with anything?

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