Ginger-lime prawns

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
625g large prawns, shelled and deveined
Salt and freshly ground pepper
60g unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
1.5 tsp finely grated peeled fresh ginger
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
0.5 tsp grated lime zest
10 mint leaves, julienned
10 basil leaves, julienned
1) Divide the prawns between two 24-cm pie dishes and pat them completely dry with a paper towel. Arrange the prawns so they lie flat and are evenly spaced in the dishes.

2) Heat 2 large frying pans over a medium heat. Season the prawns with salt and pepper; add a tsp of butter to each pan and turn the heat to high. When the foam subsides, invert a pie dish of prawns over a frying pan so they all fall into the pan at once. Repeat with the other pan of prawns.

3) Cook the prawns, undisturbed, for about 2 minutes, until they turn golden brown on the bottom. Add a remaining tsp of butter to each pan and turn off the heat. Turn the prawns over with tongs and cook for 1 minute in the residual heat of the pans.

4) Add half the ginger, lime juice and zest, mint and basil to each pan, and shake to combine.

5) Divide the prawns among 4 plates or serve on a single platter and enjoy hot or at room temperature.

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