ktaifi karides prawns ktaifi phyllo
Ktaifi Karides
Prep Time
1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

Ktaifi Karides (Garides Kataifi) is a Turkish appetiser where prawns are wrapped in phyllo and served over a roasted bell pepper dip. Serve on a platter or as individual servings, it's sure to wow guests! 

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Turkish
Servings: 6
Calories: 272 kcal
Author: Tamara at Foodieverse
Ktaifi Karides
  • 12 banana prawns (or any medium sized prawns), shelled with tail intact, deveined
  • 150g ktaifi pastry (shredded phyllo pastry), defrosted or fresh
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 red bell peppers (capsicum) roasted, peeled, seeded and sliced (or 220-250g jar of roasted red peppers)
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 tsp aleppo chilli flakes (or 1/2 tsp chilli flakes)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of sumac (optional)
Ktaifi Karides
  1. Preheat oven to 190C (375F).

  2. Marinade prawns with salt, pepper, paprika and olive oil.

  3. Tear apart strips of pastry 1-4cm in width and 12inches long.

  4. With the shorter side facing you, brush the pastry with the melted butter/olive oil mixture. It’s sufficient to brush only sections of it.

  5. Place one prawn with the tail facing outwards on the shorter side of pastry facing you.

  6. Start rolling until all of the prawn is covered, except for the tail.

  7. Brush some more butter/olive on the exterior of the pastry. Repeat with all prawns

  8. Place prawns in a baking dish/tray.

  9. Bake at 190C for 15 minutes until pastry is golden brown.

  10. Serve on top of muhammara on a plate or on individual spoons as a party appetiser.

  1. Place all ingredients in food processor and blend for 30-35 seconds. Blend 10 seconds longer if you want the dip to be smooth.

Recipe Notes
  1. You may use all olive oil for brushing ktaifi phyllo pastry or a mix of both olive oil and butter.
  2. Freshly roasted red peppers taste better but if you're in a rush or have a jar of roasted peppers on hand, feel free to use them. 
  3. Aleppo chilli flakes aren't very hot, if substituting regular chilli flakes, start off with 1/8 tsp up to 1/2 tsp flakes depending on your preference. 
  4. Blend Muhammara longer if you want the dip smooth.
Nutrition Facts
Ktaifi Karides
Amount Per Serving (2 prawns)
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 635mg 26%
Potassium 162mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 27.8%
Vitamin C 63.4%
Calcium 4%
Iron 11.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.