Prawn Guvech

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

This Prawn Guvech is one of our favourite Mediterranean recipes. Güveçh is the name of a variety of earthenware pots used in Turkish cuisine, and of a number of casserole/stew dishes that are cooked in them.

Meats used can include chicken, pork, lamb, or sometimes beef or fish and seafood. You can even omit these ingredients completely and replace them with vegetables such as aubergine, courgettes, potatoes and carrots. Guvech is really flexible!

Some variations also include the addition of melted cheese (mozzarella or cheddar) which is also delicious – so it’s up to you if you want to add the calories or Points etc.

What diets is this Prawn Guvech suitable for?

This Prawn Guvech recipe is suitable for gluten free diets.

It can be made vegetarian by swapping out the following ingredients for vegetarian alternatives;

  • Shelled Raw King Prawns

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Prawn Guvech?

You don’t need a Guvech pot to make this recipe – it can be made using your regular kitchenware!

How many Calories are in this Prawn Guvech?

There are 322 Calories per portion in this Prawn Guvech, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. This doesn’t include the optional cheese, so remember to account for it if using.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a vegetable accompaniment.

This Prawn Guvech is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Prawn Guvech

This slimming friendly Prawn Guvech is packed full of fresh flavours and makes an amazing meal whether you’re calorie counting or following Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    50 MINS
  • KCals 322
  • Carbs 24G
  • WW Points:
  • 1 Green
  • 0 Blue
  • 0 Purple


  • 400 g shelled raw king prawns
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper deseeded and finely chopped
  • 3 or 4 mushrooms sliced (you can add as many mushrooms as you like)
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley chopped
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes or chilli flakes (optional)
  • 25 g low fat cheddar grated, optional
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes

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  1. Heat the low calorie cooking spray in a pan. Cook onion and garlic until soft.
  2. Add peppers, mushrooms, bay leaf and chilli/red pepper flakes if you're using them. Stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomato. The liquid from the tomatoes should barely cover the veg.
  4. Cover and cook for around 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in raw prawns. Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes. No more!
  6. Add the chopped parsley, and season to taste.
  7. Divide it into individual oven safe dishes, or you can put the whole stew in a big one. Bake at 180° C for 15 minutes.
  8. If you're using cheese, after 15 minutes cover with grated cheese and bake until golden brown. Otherwise just leave it cooking for another 10 minutes.
  9. Serve straight out of the oven with white rice.

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TammyFriday 31st March 2023

Hello, Can you suggest a substitution for the tomatoes?


    SharonThursday 13th July 2023

    Hi Tammy, the chopped tomatoes are one of the main ingredients in our Prawn Guvech. If it’s just chopped tomatoes you don’t like and would be prepared to use smooth sieved tomatoes, you could use passata instead. Hope this helps.


Karen carverFriday 4th February 2022

How can I save this recipe please


    HollyMonday 7th February 2022

    Hey Karen, we have a guide HERE which talks through how to save your favourite recipes, hope that helps!


Alison FawkesFriday 3rd September 2021

can this be stored in a fridge? and what is best for reheating?


    HollyMonday 6th September 2021

    Hey Alison, as this recipe uses raw prawns it’s okay to reheat. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days and reheat in the oven until piping hot. Hope that helps!


Samantha SealeySaturday 12th June 2021

Please could you let me know the calories in this recipe as it’s not at the top of the page as normal
Thank you 😊


    HollyMonday 14th June 2021

    Hey Samantha, if you scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the page the calories are listed there. Hope that helps!


AnneWednesday 28th April 2021

Can you use frozen prawns?


    SharonMonday 3rd May 2021

    Hi Anne, yes, you can use frozen raw prawns but make sure that you defrost thoroughly them according to the packet instructions before using. If you use previously frozen prawns you should not freeze this dish.Thanks for your question and hope this helps.


lilySaturday 20th March 2021

does the amount of calories include the rice?


    HollyMonday 22nd March 2021

    Hey Lily, the Prawn Guvech doesn’t include the rice this is so that you can add the accompaniment of your choice, hope that helps!


Sallyanne ClaytonThursday 18th February 2021

Absolutely delicious. Definitely doing this one again.


    SharonFriday 19th February 2021

    Hi Sallyanne, we’re really pleased to hear you enjoyed this recipe so much. Thanks for taking the time to let us know.


Mrs Edwina RobsonTuesday 9th February 2021

what could you substitute the peppers with. Mange tout? spring onions


    HollyWednesday 10th February 2021

    Hey Edwina, yes mange tout would work great in this recipe as a substitute for the peppers, hope that helps!


SheilaSunday 24th January 2021

Can you freeze a portion?


    HollyMonday 25th January 2021

    Hi Shelia, as long as you are using fresh raw prawns and not already cooked you can freeze it once you’ve cooked the recipe hope that helps!


PaulineThursday 12th July 2018

When do you add the bay leaf


Vicky FortuneWednesday 30th August 2017

When do you add the mushrooms please?


    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Vicky,

    Add them in at step 2 – I’ll get the recipe amended ????


      ClareTuesday 6th July 2021

      Still hasn’t been updated

      LisaThursday 8th July 2021

      Hi Clare
      Thanks for letting us know. Not sure how that got past us, but I’ve updated it now

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