Prawns with Mānuka Honey, Garlic and Brown Butter Chilli Jam

We are thrilled to share this incredible summer recipe by Holly Inglis from @thehealthyhunter on the Comvita blog - it’s the perfect dish to share at a BBQ or to serve as an entree at a dinner party, and your guests will love it!

This prawn dish is made using a combination of our MGO 30+ Mānuka Blend Honey and our Comvita Mānuka Honey UMF 5+, so it really celebrates the delicious flavour of our Mānuka Honey and shows how you can use it in the kitchen to bring a dish to life.


  • 1 kg prawns, weighed whole
  • 50g butter
  • 2.5 Tbs Mānuka Honey - 2 Tbs Comvita MGO 30+ Mānuka Blend Honey and 0.5 Tbs Comvita Mānuka Honey UMF 5+
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chives
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice + extra lemon for serving
  • 1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil + extra for cooking
  • Extra lemon zest and salt flakes for serving.


Shell and devein prawns. Slicing them down the back do they curl up as they cook.

Place butter in a small saucepan, melt and continue cooking until it smells nutty and the milk solids have turned brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Cut the chilli in half. Finely chop 1 half and finely sliced the other.

Mix together the garlic, finely chopped chilli, all but 1 Tbs of chives, honey, lemon zest, salt and oil. Then slowly stir in the brown butter.

Pour half this mix over the prawns and toss to coat. Set aside to marinade for at least ten minutes.

Add the lemon juice to remaining marinade.

Mix together 1 tsp each of lemon zest and salt flakes and set aside with the sliced chilli and remaining chopped chives. This will be used to garnish.

Heat a large pan on medium heat add a drizzle of oil. Once hot add the prawns in batches. Cooking for 1 minute or 2 each side, they should be golden brown. Once cooked add all the prawns back to the pan and pour over remaining sauce. Toss to coat, the sauce should quickly caramelise.

Remove from the heat and serve scattered in your prepared garnish. Drizzle with extra honey.

These are perfect as part of a shared celebratory meal or any time with rice and greens.

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