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


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

  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.


    o cozinheiro este algarve said...

    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.....

    Marmaduke Scarlet said...

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

    o cozinheiro este algarve said...

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

    Marmaduke Scarlet said...

    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!