Prawn Empanadas

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Preparation Time

30 minutes

Cooking Time

35 minutes

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small red capsicum, halved, deseeded, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • Large pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 roma tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 50g (1/4 cup) stuffed green olives, coarsely chopped
  • 50g (1/4 cup) raisins, coarsely chopped
  • 250g cooked prawns, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander
  • Olive oil, to grease
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tbs water
  • 3 sheets (25 x 25cm) frozen ready-rolled shortcrust pastry, just thawed


  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, capsicum and garlic, and cook, stirring often, for 7-8 minutes or until soft. Add the paprika, saffron, tomato, tomato paste, olive and raisin, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or until well combined and any liquid is absorbed. Transfer to a heatproof bowl. Set aside for 1 hour to cool.

  2. Add the prawns and coriander. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

  3. Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush a baking tray with oil to grease. Combine the egg yolk and water in a small bowl. Use a round 11.5cm-diameter pastry cutter to cut 12 discs from the pastry. Lightly brush the edges of the pastry discs with the egg yolk mixture. Place 1 heaped tablespoonful of the prawn mixture on half of each pastry disc. Fold in half to enclose the filling. Press the edges with a fork to seal. Place on the prepared baking tray.

  4. Lightly brush the tops of the empanadas with egg yolk mixture. Use a skewer to prick each empanada several times. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Set aside to cool slightly. Serve.