• 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 fat garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp celery seeds
  • 14-16 large raw king prawns, heads removed but tail left on, deveined
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 50ml vodka
  • 100ml passata
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • few shakes of Tabasco sauce, depending on how hot you like it
  • celery sticks and good crusty bread, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add the shallot and fry for 1-2 mins until softened. Add the garlic and celery seeds, and sizzle for 1 min more, then turn the heat up to high. Toss the prawns with the cornflour, cayenne and black pepper. Add to the pan and stir-fry for 1 min until turning pink, then add the vodka (stand back as it may catch fire) and bubble until most of the liquid has evaporated.

  • STEP 2

    Add the passata, ketchup, Tabasco and a good pinch of salt. Give everything a stir and cook for 1 min more, then transfer to a serving dish. Scatter with celery leaves and place in the centre of the table with celery sticks and chunks of bread for mopping up the sauce.

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