grilled prawns with honey and preserved lemon

I adore grilled or barbecued prawns and this recipe is inspired by a memory of a meal al fresco under a bright Mediterranean sun. (Although not so much of my body was actually under the sun. Swathed in scarves and a hat and doing my best Grace Kelly impersonation of a person not designed for bright sunlight. It must be the eskimo in me). Not that I have to worry about an over-abundance of sunshine today! 

But all that aside, use grey raw prawns (that turn pink on cooking), some of which come ready-peeled by thoughtful supermarkets to save you the fiddly bits.

Serves 4 as a starter or mezze
Skill level: Easy
Preparation time: 30 minutes

ingredients: 

12 x large raw prawns, peeled, tails intact and intestinal tracts removed
1 tbsp olive oil
a pinch of saffron threads
salt and freshly ground pepper
honey and preserved lemon dressing: 

¼ x preserved lemon rind
1 tbsp honey
3 tsp lemon juice
a pinch of dried chilli flakes
1½ tbsp extra-virgin olive oil


directions:
  1. Make the honey and preserved lemon dressing by trimming away any of the lemon flesh. Soak the preserved lemon rind in a bowl of water for 1 hour. Drain and pat dry (using kitchen paper). Coarsely chop the lemon rind, then transfer to a mortar and pound to a fine paste (using a pestle).
  2. Add honey, lemon juice, chilli flakes and 1 tbsp water and mix thoroughly to combine.
  3. Add olive oil, 1 tsp at a time, blending after each addition with the pestle, until all is incorporated.
  4. Preheat a barbecue or chargrill pan over high heat.
  5. Brush prawns with olive oil and grill for 3-5 minutes on each side or until just cooked.
  6. Transfer prawns to a bowl and spoon half of the dressing over. Stand for 5 minutes to marinate, then season to taste.
  7. Serve drizzled with remaining dressing. Scatter a little saffron or a few chilli flakes over and serve.

    4 comments:

    1. What a lovely recipe.So simple so fresh. I am going to try this for sure.A perfect compliment to the sweltering heat wave upon us at the moment and with more guests arriving this week.....

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    2. It really is very simple and I am assuming that you're surrounded by lemons to make your own preserves!

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    3. can you believe they grow in the garden. I haven´t bought a lemon in 6 years.

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    4. I can't believe how envious I am. I think I might want your life! But seriously, it's pretty warm here in London today, almost lemon-growing weather. But apparently monsoons are forecast for the rest of the week . . . ah the British weather in all its glory!

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