Here is a mint recipe from my youngest brother Joash in New Zealand. Pāua is a special treat for most kiwis and so people usually have their own go-to recipe for making the most of them. If done wrong, Pāua can be tough as a gumboot so if you want to get it right and avoid this, follow a recipe (or method for tenderizing) that works for you. – Shrek

  • Serves: 3 people
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
Curried Pāua Recipe. Curried Abalone Recipe

Above left: Pāua shell (image:stuff.co.nz). Below left: Pāua or Abalone attached to rock (image: New Zealand Geographic). Right ingredients for Curried Pāua Recipe


  • 400gm Paua/ Abalone
  • 500ml Cream
  • 150gm Butter
  • 1x Brown Onion
  • 3x Cloves Garlic
  • 4t Curry Powder

Curried Paua/Abalone Recipe




Step 1: Slice Paua/Abalone into thin slices – can be tenderized first

Step 2: Finely cut onion and garlic cloves


Step 1: Add 1/3 of butter to hot frying pan, Brown Onion lightly, add garlic and cook for further 1 minute.

Step 2: Add Paua/abalone and for 7 to ten minutes to frying pan – add half of the curry powder cook for a further minute.

Step 3: Add remaining butter, cream and the rest of the curry powder to frying pan. Lower heat and simmer for five minutes.

Curried Pāua Recipe. Curried Abalone Recipe

Additional serving ideas

  • Can be garnished with chives.
  • Goes really well with rice or scalloped potatoes and other sea food cuisine

Special diet information: if dairy free try can exchange butter for coconut oil, and cream for coconut cream.

Curried Pāua Recipe. Curried Abalone Recipe

Curried Pāua Recipe ready to serve

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