Fragrant Thai prawns

Prep: 1 hr Including 30 mins standing time


Serves 4
Add subtle Thai flavours to seafood in Curtis Stone's prawn recipe

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving for four

  • kcal137
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs0g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein16g
  • salt0.42g
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  • 20 raw king prawns
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped



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  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 fresh red chilli, halved, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2½ cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 stem of lemongrass, tough outer leaves removed, finely chopped
  • a good handful of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped



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  • a good handful of fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 100ml/3½ fl oz olive oil
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  • grated zest and juice of 1 lime



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  1. Tip all the chopped ingredients into a bowl, add the olive oil along with the lime zest and juice and mix well. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the flavours to mingle.

  2. To make fragrant Thai prawns, remove heads and peel shells from 20 raw king prawns but leave tail sections on. Toss in the marinade and cook on a really hot barbecue for 45 seconds on each side until they turn from grey-blue to pink.

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Comments (13)

fairystoryteller's picture

DELICIOUS! I used peeled raw jumbo prawns (no tails), tossed them in the marinade and flash fried them in a wok. Served them with homemade sweet chilli sauce (on this site too - look up seared scallops and use the chilli sauce recipe from there - it's amazing) and a few green leaves with a lemony dressing. Served it as a starter for friends - clean plates all round. Will definitely make this again.

cheekynieki's picture

Absolutely gorgeous, great flavours. Very moorish

lynnicoggin's picture

Made these as a starter to complement 3 others as part of Thai meal for friends cooked them in pan on the hob as its a tad chilly for a BBQ. Guests loved them and will definitely make them again when it's warmer!!!

beffy666's picture

I made my own mango and cucumber salsa with this using 1 sweet pointed red pepper, half a large red onion, a 125g pack of mango chunks, 8 thick slices of cucumber and the juice of half a lime. All ingredients cut up into really small cubes and then drizzled the lime juice over. Served the prawns as a starter with the salsa and some thai spiced crackers. Stunning and very easy for my first go at thai cooking :))

acatraps's picture

I made this for my in-laws yesterday evening. I wanted it as a main dish, so I served it with brown rice and green beans. The marinade itself smelled fantastic. But after the prawns were cooked, I felt the marinade had lost much of its punch. Maybe I should have left the prawns in the marinade for 5-10mins before cooking? If I were to make again, I would add more chilli and more garlic, even though I had already added more than the recipe suggests. Overall a tasty dish, but I would have liked it to be even tastier.

juicylucy82's picture

This was delicious -such complex and tasty flavours, the mint was really lovely and fresh. I used cooked tiger prawns but they were fine. Served it with a cucumber and red onion salsa.

lonegroover's picture

Delicious and very easy. I cut down on the oil a bit and it didn't seem to suffer. I even made a mango and cucumber relish to go with it, but to be honest it was so nice on it's own that I didn't think it needed anything else. Would happily use as a starter for a dinner party as you can make everything in advance, then it's just a couple of minutes to cook (and did I mention it was delicious).

lynnthurgood's picture

Really nice. A different flavour in each mouthful. I used ready peeled raw prawns (with no tails) so saved time. Followed the recipe but added 1 tsp of fish sauce to the sauce. Next time I will use less oil. Left prawns to marinade for about 10 minutes and cooked in pan with some of the sauce and served over white basmati rice. Dinner was on the table in about 40 minutes and was beautiful. Definitely a keeper.

Julia S's picture

I have used this recipe many times - it is absolutely delicious. I always serve it with the Mango & Cucumber Salsa that was originally published with it (Good Food - June 2003). Unfortunately, this recipe is not on the web site! Come on, Good Food, put it up here!

buona_forchetta's picture

Used cooked prawns as the supermarket didn't stock raw ones so I just marinaded them and then used the sauce for noodles. It was gorgeous!

titianlisa's picture

FANTASTIC! A hit with everyone. Cooked them in a pan on the bar b q and they had a lovely flavour. I think I may try this marinade on chicken next time......

tinyex900r's picture

I have made these several times and cooked both on the barbeque, in a pan and under the grill. They are delicious whichever way they are cooked. Wonderful marinade with subtle flavours. Use the biggest raw prawns you can find as they are really 'meaty'. I have grown up daughters who would never touch shellfish until I persuaded them to try these. Now they all cook them even the youngest who normally lives on junk food. A real treat and well worth the preparation for the marinade.

lizzieunderhill's picture

these were lovely, made my husband do the fiddly de-veining, takes ages but well worth the effort.

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