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Baked Orzo with Harissa Prawns

Flavour prawns with harissa, dill, garlic and lemon, then serve swirled through orzo pasta for a speedy but sophisticated midweek dinner.

Prep Time

        Prep and cook time: 35 minutes
        Yield: Serves 2


    •    100g orzo
    •    1 tbsp olive oil
    •    1 clove garlic, sliced
    •    200g vegetable stock
    •    200g cherry tomatoes
    •    1 onion, finely chopped
    •    1 1/2 tbsp harissa paste
    •    250g raw peeled prawns
    •    1/2 a small bunch dill, chopped
    •    1 lemon, 1/2 juiced, 1/2 cut into wedges
    •    100g kale, cavolo nero or spring greens, sliced


  1. Heat the oil in a medium ovenproof frying pan and fry the onion over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until soft and lightly golden. Add the garlic and fry for 30 seconds, then stir in the tomatoes with a splash of water. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes or until the tomatoes start bursting and turn saucy. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
  2. Stir the orzo, stock, 1 tbsp harissa, greens and half the dill into the tomatoes, and bring to a simmer. Transfer to the oven, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until the orzo is just tender and the liquid has been absorbed. Toss the prawns with the remaining ½ tbsp harissa and a squeeze of lemon. Scatter over the orzo, and bake for another 5-8 minutes or until pink and cooked through. Serve scattered with the remaining dill and lemon wedges to squeeze over.

This great family recipe is thanks to Olive Magazine at


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