How to Prepare Prawn Rougaille; The Mauritius Delicacy You Will Crave For

This simple recipe of prawn cooked in Mauritius ’ favorite spicy tomato sauce takes less than 30 minutes to make.


  • olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 125 ml of white wine
  • 500g peeled and chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 small red or green chili peppers, finely chopped
  • ½ bunch of parsley flat-leaf, finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked
  • 1 kg of green king prawns, shelled, heads and tails intact
  • ½ bunch of chopped coriander


  1. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion & half the garlic and fry until golden.
  2. Pour in half the wine to soften the onion, then add the tomatoes & cook for a few minutes on high heat to reduce.
  3. Stir in the cumin, paprika, salt and pepper, and an extra drizzle of olive oil. Add chili, parsley, and thyme and remove from heat.
  4. Heat a little more oil in a frying pan and fry the rest of the garlic until it becomes fragrant.
  5. Add the prawn, season with pepper, and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Pour in the remaining wine to deglaze the pan.
  7. Tip the prawn into the rougaille (tomato sauce) and mix it with the coriander.

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