There are two types of people in this world: those who eat crustaceans, and those who don’t. I consider myself chief of the crustacean-eating clan. Prawns are a messy affair – that’s the way they’re supposed to be.You need to roll up your sleeves and really get into it, whether you like to shell your prawns or eat them heads ‘n all. This recipe really works well for smaller prawns, so look out for the frozen prawn specials and give it a go. I make a marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, chili and parsley, then toss the prawns to coat them well.
I then roast them in the oven over high heat for about 20-25 minutes, until they get a slightly toasted colour and release all of their delicious juices.The sauce needs to be mopped up with crusty bread, so be sure to serve some on the side. A glass of chilled dry white wine like Chenin Blanc will complete the picture. Adjust the amount of chilies according to your tolerance for heat!
Roasted Garlic Prawns:
- 700 g – 1 kg whole prawns (completely thawed if frozen)
- 125 ml extra virgin olive oil
- juice of 1 med/large lemon
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- a knob of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 red chili, seeds removed and finely chopped
- a handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
Step 1Pre-heat oven to 220 degrees C.
Step 2Place all of the ingredients in a small food processor or chopper, and pulse until you get a chunky mixture (not smooth). If you don’t have a processor, just chop them very finely with a knife and mix with olive oil and lemon juice.
Step 3Arrange prawns in a single layer in a large roasting pan, then pour mixture over it and toss to cover thoroughly.
Step 4Roast in the top half of your oven for 20-25 minutes, checking on the prawns halfway through to toss them again. The prawns are ready when they turn pink with slightly toasted edges.
Step 5Serve as a starter or snack, straight from the oven, with crusty bread.