Spicy Lime Barbecued Prawns

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    Succulent barbecued prawns make the perfect sunny day meal when served with a crisp green salad.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 12 

    • 48 cooked king prawns, peeled and deveined
    • 4 limes, zested and juiced
    • 4 green chillies, seeded and chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 5cm piece fresh ginger, grated
    • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

    Directions
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Extra time:4hr25min  ›  Ready in:5hr 

    1. Place the prawns and lime peel in a large, non-metallic bowl.
    2. Place the lime juice, chillies, garlic, ginger and onion in a food processor or blender, and process until smooth. You may need to add a little oil to facilitate blending. Pour over the bowl of prawns, and stir to coat. Cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours.
    3. Preheat barbecue for medium-high heat.
    4. Thread prawns onto skewers, piercing each first through the tail, and then the head.
    5. Brush cooking grate with oil.
    6. Cook prawns for 5 minutes, turning once, or until opaque.

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    This recipe, and I made exactly as stated, needs some work. What I ended up with was the puckering taste of lime to end all limes (granted, I juiced those limes well, as I used to work in a southwest Mexican/Mediterranian restaurant as a prepcook). It's a good start, just needs some tweaking. I would at least double or triple the amount of ginger and garlic called for. It had 0 heat even with four jalapeno bodies (maybe he meant to use ceranos but, it's not stated), so add the seeds too. I noticed when I was making this that there is no salt or pepper and thought that was a little odd. Add a couple tsp of salt at least and maybe a few cracks of pepper. It's a good base, but really with the zest of four limes AND all their juice, they overpowered the amount of the rest of ingredients included in the recipe and all I got was a bitter lime taste. Also, could try adding some sugar as well. Help cut the extreme bitterness of the lime. That's my 2c anyway. Thanks for the recipe. (btw, i tried to remedy by sprinkling salt, cracked pepper, and cumin over skewers the second day, it helped).  -  03 Jul 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    I tried this recipe for a birthday party in March, and it was a huge hit. The only change I made was to add about 2 oz of rum in order to thin out the marinade a bit. I only had time to marinate the prawns for 2 hours, but they were great, and I've served them twice since.  -  22 Apr 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    We really enjoyed this. The lime and spice level were just right (I left the seeds in half of the jalapenos). I learned somewhere along the way that a citrus marinade essentially cooks seafood if left too long (and 4 hours would be considered too long), so I marinated the shrimp for about a half hour, and it absorbed the flavor perfectly without sacrificing texture. I sliced some extra onion and grilled it with the shrimp in a grill pan until it was nice and caramelized--yum! This was easy to prepare and went very well with Sweet and Sassy Vanilla Slaw, also from this site.  -  03 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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