How to grill prawns

How to grill prawns

8 December 2014

How to grill prawns

Prawns are wonderful when grilled, taking no more than 5 minutes to cook. Select large, raw prawns for grilling, as these will stand up to the heat and can be skewered and turned easily during cooking.

You can marinate the prawns prior to cooking, this will add more flavour. This technique is particularly prevalent in Indian cuisine, as demonstrated by Alfred Prasad’s Kalonji jhinga.


Preheat the grill to a medium-high heat
Devein the prawn and season with olive oil, salt and pepper. If using a marinade, simply shake off any excess and lay onto a tray
Place under the grill until cooked through, as indicated by the change in colour to pink - this will take about 5 minutes. Turn halfway to ensure even cooking


When skewered and cooked on the barbeque, the charcoal imparts a wonderfully smoky flavour into the flesh - perfect served simply alongside a squeeze of lemon to enhance the prawn’s natural sweetness. Pascal Aussignac serves grilled prawns with risotto, enhancing with pungent bonito flakes and poutargue.

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