Baked paneer cheese with prawns on avocado and pea mash

It was my day off and I had no idea what to cook. I tried to flick through some cookbooks, some magazines and some blogs for inspiration. Nothing came up and all I knew was that I wanted to eat prawns.

I went to the fishmonger and got the prawns and then I raided the fridge for the rest. I wanted something light but still filling and after some thinking I had the ingredients sussed out, all I had to do now was to merge the flavours together.


Baked paneer cheese with prawns on avocado and pea mash

preparation time 10 minutes 

cooking time 20 minutes oven 200C or 390F

serves 2


The cheese

  • 200 gr paneer cheese
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp crushed pepper
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 cherry tomatoes

Avocado and pea mash

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup frozen, de frosted peas
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • 1 pinch of salt

Other ingredients

  • 1 pint of shell on prawns
  • prawn roe
  • chive or chive flowers

Turn the oven on and sprinkle the paneer cheese with oil, salt, pepper and chilli and bake for 20 minutes with the cherry tomatoes.




Whilst the paneer cheese was cooking I steamed some broccoli before tossing it in garlic butter. Peel the prawns and save the roe if there is any.

Mash the avocado with the lemon juice,  add the defrosted peas and mix with garlic and taste with salt.


When the paneer cheese is cooked let it cool just slightly before adding the avocado and pea mash. Garnish with the prawns and prawn roe, add some dill and sprinkle with chives and/or chive flowers before serving.






It was just what I wanted, light but filling. I liked it so much I am brining a plate to Fiesta Friday, for once I am not rushing in last minute! Thank you lovely Angie, The Novice Gardener for hosting such a lovely party!

This week the co hosts are Juju, Cooking with aunt Juju and Amanda, The Chunky Chef. Both are wonderful cooks who whips up the most delicious treats! Have a look at their blogs if you haven’t visited them before, so many great recipes!

Happy Fiesta Friday everyone!








18 Responses to “Baked paneer cheese with prawns on avocado and pea mash”
  1. What a beautiful picture Petra – I love my prawns as well and could eat them every day. Happy Fiesta Friday 🙂 I still need to try Paneer cheese and this may be the perfect recipe!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Judi
      Thank you 🙂 I love prawns too! They are so easy to cook and goes with pretty much anything! I “discovered” paneer cheese just a few years ago, it is brilliant for curries as well as it takes on the flavour of what you are cookign it with but holds it’s shape! 🙂 Thanks for co hosting and Happy FF!

  2. GFLife247 says:

    I love when you can come up with something beautiful by raiding your fridge! This looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing, and happy FF! 🙂

  3. Light and delicious that is my favorite combination!

  4. Ginger says:

    This looks so delicious!

  5. chefjulianna says:

    Wow, Petra! This is art that tastes amazing! I just love the purple against the sweet pink of the prawns, all nestled into a cloud of fresh green! I could gaze at your photo all afternoon! 😀

    • petra08 says:

      hi Julianna
      Thank you! I wanted something summery, it isn’t that warm yet but getting there 🙂

  6. very artistic and interesting recipe. I am sure it tasted great!

  7. Loretta says:

    Art on a plate Petra, you sure know how to get the juices salivating :). …. Where on earth do you get prawn roe from? My word, how posh is this dish! :))

    • petra08 says:

      hi Loretta
      You are so sweet! Am glad you like it.
      Sometimes when I buy cold water prawns they come with roe. It has a very mild prawn taste but looks great and I don’t like wasting food 🙂
      It was really easy to make and I think it might be a dish for a dinner party one day

  8. tentimestea says:

    The prawn roe is such a pretty delicate colour–I had no idea it looked like that! I will never get over your presentation skills; they leave me in such awe every week!

    • petra08 says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment! Sometimes the prawn roe is pink, it varies and I am not quite sure why but it is nice.
      I am glad you like the presentation, sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge making food look attractive 🙂

  9. andy says:

    Is this food or a painting ?!!
    Prawn roe, I need to look out for this product 🙂

    • petra08 says:

      hi Andy
      Thank you 🙂 I am so glad you like it.
      I get the prawn roe when I buy cold water prawns, they sometimes come with roe inside. It can be pink as well it differs and sometimes there is no roe at all. It might be easiest found when buying frozen, peel on cold water prawns. I just can’t bring myself to throw it away! 🙂

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