King Prawn And Asparagus Tray Bake Recipe With Lemon And Garlic

prawn asparagus traybake

What makes tray bake recipes so good?

I love tray bake recipes, you know the recipes that take so little effort to make you wonder why there isn’t a tray bake recipe for every meal on the planet. Well there is, for a pretty large portion of meals at least! This particular tray bake recipe is a king prawn and asparagus tray bake recipe with lemon and garlic. This recipe makes a great lunch option, its light, healthy and low calorie. I’d suggest adding some rice or an extra vegetable to turn this into a hearty dinner. 

Do you have a diet restriction?

This recipe is a great choice of you have one of the following diet restrictions:

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
  • Low GI

Step 1: Marinate the king prawns

This king prawn recipe is so simple there’s barely anything to write so this could be a very short recipe! The king prawns in this recipe are marinated in a lemon and garlic marinade so this needs to be done first. You can use any king prawns you like but aim for raw and peeled. I remember when i was a child, my nan would get me to help her peel prawns, pull the legs and heads off and honestly, it was a horrible experience that I hope I never have to repeat. You could also use frozen king prawns just defrost them in a fridge before cooking. If you can only find cooked prawns, then make sure you adjust the cooking times so that they only go in 1-2 minutes before the end, they will only need warming up and will dry out easily. I would avoid smaller breeds of prawns for this recipe.

Add your prawns to a bowl and grate in ¼ of a lemons worth of zest, a squeeze of the juice, 2 cloves of garlic, minced or crushed (you could also use 1 tsp garlic powder) ½ tsp of paprika, ¼ tsp of onion flakes and ¼ tsp of chilli flakes. Mix this all together well so that the prawns are evenly coated in the seasonings. Leave the king prawns in the fridge to marinate for 2 hours.

King Prawn And Asparagus Tray Bake Recipe

Step 2: Bake your king prawns and asparagus

Once the 2 hours (or as long as you have time for) is up, preheat your oven to 180C and cut the dry ends off of your asparagus spears. Line a baking tray and add your asparagus spears. Place in the oven for 5 minutes to give them a head start. Add the prawns and any of the seasonings from the bowl and place back in the oven for a further 10 minutes. When your prawns are pink and curled they are done. 

King Prawn And Asparagus Tray Bake Recipe

Transfer to a bowl or plate to serve along with some extra salad or other side dishes.

King Prawn And Asparagus Tray Bake Recipe


1. Citrus Infusion

Enhance the citrusy flavors by adding a variety of citrus fruits to the marinade, such as orange or grapefruit zest. This will add a zesty and refreshing twist to your king prawns and asparagus.

2. Herb Garden Delight

Introduce a medley of fresh herbs to elevate the dish. Chop up parsley, dill, and chives, and mix them into the marinade for a burst of herbaceous goodness.

3. Spicy Cajun Kick

Transform your tray bake into a spicy Cajun delight by replacing the chili flakes with Cajun seasoning. Serve the prawns and asparagus over a bed of rice for a complete and satisfying meal.

4. Mediterranean Fusion

Infuse a Mediterranean twist by adding cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and a drizzle of olive oil to the tray before baking. Sprinkle feta cheese on top for a touch of creaminess.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I use a different type of seafood?

Certainly! Experiment with different seafood options such as scallops, mussels, or even chunks of white fish to create a seafood medley tray bake.

How can I make this dish more filling for dinner?

To turn this into a heartier dinner, serve the tray bake over a bed of quinoa, couscous, or your favorite grain. You can also add roasted sweet potatoes or serve it with a side of crusty bread.

Can I prepare the marinade in advance?

Absolutely! You can prepare the marinade ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to marinate the prawns. This allows for a quick and convenient meal preparation.

Can I grill instead of bake?

Certainly! If you prefer a grilled flavor, you can cook the prawns and asparagus on a preheated grill instead of baking them. Adjust the cooking time as needed.

What other side dishes pair well with this tray bake?

Consider serving this dish with a light salad, quinoa, or a side of sautéed greens to complement the flavours of the king prawns and asparagus.

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King Prawn And Asparagus Tray Bake With Lemon And Garlic

This king prawn tray bake recipe is so simple there's barely anything to write so this could be a very short recipe! The king prawns in this recipe are marinated in a lemon and garlic marinade so this needs to be done first.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American, British
Servings 1
Calories 180 kcal


  • 150 g king prawns
  • 6 asparagus spears
  • 1/2 lemon zested
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp onion granules
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes


  • Place raw peeled king prawns in a large bowl. Zest ¼ of a lemon into the bowl, add a squeeze of the juice along with garlic, paprika, onion flakes and chilli flakes. Mix well and leave in the fridge for 2 minutes to marinade.
  •  Preheat oven to 180c
  • Cut ends off asparagus and place on lined baking tray. Bake for 5 minutes before adding the prawns to the baking tray along with the lemon juice and herbs. Cook for 10 minutes until prawns are pink and curled.

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1 Comment

  1. 5 stars
    easy one pan meals that are tastY and not one deminsional!

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