Prawns Peri-Peri Watamu

» Posted on Apr 21, 2003 in African Recipes | 0 comments

Prawns Peri-Peri Watamu

Watamu means: “The place of the Sweet People”

It is a small village on the Indian Ocean North of Mombasa.

Watamu Beach boasts a stretch of one of Africa’s most beautiful coastlines. White sands, clear blue water and a coral reef with unique marine life – a little paradise.

Here is one of our favorite recipes from Watamu.


  • 1 kg medium sized prawns, peeled and cleaned.
    (We buy them fresh from the fishermen but frozen ones will do).
  • Salt the prawns lightly, add the juice of one lime and refrigerate for 30 minutes or so.

The sauce:

  • 3 peeled and chopped tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • ½ onion chopped

Lightly sauté all the above in some olive oil and add:

  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 2tbs of Tomato Ketchup
  • 1 shot of Tabasco
  • ½ a beef cube dissolved in a little orange juice

Simmer all for a few minutes.

Add the prawns and simmer for 5 – 6 minutes

Serve in a coconut shell with Nan bread or rice on the side.

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