This is a simple starter dish inspired by my recent visit to Barcelona. I love tapas and prawns are so versatile and easy to get right! I never feel any pressure when I cook them and know that whoever I am serving them to will enjoy the taste as the ingredients all complement each other. I want to share my recipe as with Christmas fast approaching, some of you may be entertaining or looking for new, easy dishes to try and to keep your guests happy! This is a dish that will certainly do that! I have now served them on two occasions in the restaurant where I work and they have gone down a treat! I serve four prawns per person with crusty bread but it’s entirely up to you how many you choose to give.
Prep time: 10 minutes.
Cooking time: 4 minutes.
- 4 peeled tiger prawns per person.
- 4 garlic cloves crushed.
- 3 limes – use the zest and juice of all 3.
- 3 red chillis finely sliced (I leave the seeds in for an extra kick).
- 1 tbsp lazy chilli.
- 200ml olive oil.
- Garlic butter (I make mine by blending garlic cloves, fresh parsley and two blocks of butter, but you can use shop-bought for convenience).
- Add the garlic, chilli, lime, oil and prawns to a large bowl.
- Stir well, cover and leave to marinade for at least one hour. The lime juice acts as a cooking agent and will start to break down the protein in the prawns. This makes them juicy and tender and means they need less cooking time.
- When you are ready to cook them, heat up a couple of spoonfuls of garlic butter in a frying pan – I prefer to use a large pan as the heat disperses more evenly.
- Add the prawns and a spoonful of the oil to the pan when it is hot enough. Make sure each person has a good amount of chilli in their portion.
- Cook for 2 minutes on each side on a medium heat.
- Serve in a tapas style dish with lemon or lime and crusty bread.