Sunday, November 20, 2005

Yummy prawny limey recipe (can be done with chicken)

Last weekend when we had our friends over we did this dish. Normally we use prawns (shrimps), but this time we decided to use chicken instead. End result? Both are good, both work well. Oh, also, in this recipe it says to skewer the prawns and limes but we can't be bothered with that so just chuck everything onto the barbie and squeeze lime juice over it after.
Once again this recipe comes from Ainsley Harriott's Barbecue Bible, which like I said previously gets a lot of use from us.

Ainsley likes to give his recipes funky names, I'll give the title below, but we tend to just call it the yummy prawny limey recipe (can be done with chicken).

Orla's Bamboo Thai Prawn Satay with Griddled Limes


450g (1 lb) raw, headless tiger prawns
1 stalk of lemongrass
3 limes
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
120 ml (4 fl oz) canned coconut milk
6 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tsp palm or light muscovado suger

8 x 15 cm (6 in) bamboo skewers soaked in cold water for 30 minutes.


  1. Peel the prawns, leaving the last tail segment in place. (I also take the intestinal tract out).
  2. Remove the tough outer leaves from the stalk of lemongrass and finely chop the tender core. Finely grate the zest from one of the limes and squeeze out the juice. Cut the remaining limes into small wedges.
  3. Put the lemongrass, lime zest, lime juice, garlic, coconut milk, soy sauce and sugar into a non-metallic dish. Add the prawns, mix together well and set aside to marinate at room temperature for about 15 minutes or for up to 2 hours in the fridge.
  4. Thread 4 prawns on to each skewer in pairs together with 2 lime wedges. Pierce through the tail of one prawn, add a lime wedge and then skewer the head end of the prawn so that it wraps itself around the lime attractively. Do this once more and repeat for the rest of the skewers.
  5. Barbecue the skewers over a medium hot coals for about 1 minute on each side or until just cooked through. Serve at once, garnished with the remaining lime wedges.
A good drink to serve with this is a Corona with a wedge of lime in it.


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