Barbecued king prawns recipe
- Cuisine: Modern Australian
- Serves 4
Featured as part of our Cooks and their Books series, this recipe comes courtesy of Australian food icon Margaret Fulton.
Large king prawns and scampi, like all shellfish, are best eaten from their shells. If you are having a barbecue Christmas, these are a must – just ensure you don’t overcook them.
Ingredients24 large green (raw) king prawns or scampi
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Few sprigs of oregano and thyme, chopped
2 tbsp chopped continental parsley
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
½ red chilli, seeded, chopped
Freshly ground black pepper, to season
Lemon wedges, to serve
PreparationSplit the prawns or scampi lengthwise through the centre, devein and arrange, cut side up, on a large shallow dish.
Combine the oil with the chopped herbs, garlic and chilli. Drizzle the flavoured oil over the shellfish and season with freshly ground black pepper. The shellfish can be prepared ahead up to this stage.
Preheat the barbecue to high and arrange the shellfish, cut side up, on the flat rack. Cook for 3–5 minutes, until the flesh has turned white. Remove from the heat and arrange on a large serving platter with the lemon wedges. Have a bowl on the table for the discarded shells, and finger bowls with a slice of lemon. To eat the shellfish, use a fork to pull out the tail meat.
Serve with crusty bread and, if liked, a bowl of mayonnaise mixed with a little sweet chilli sauce.
SBS Cook’s Notes
This recipe has been reproduced with minor SBS recipe style changes.| Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20ml; 1 cup equals 250ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55–60g, unless specified.
Recipe from Margaret Fulton Christmas by Margaret Fulton, with photographs by Mark Roper. Published by Hardie Grant Books.
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