Lemongrass Prawns

Stumbled this recipe for lemongrass prawns in Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once. and thought, hey, easy peasy 😛

Skewered Lemongrass Prawns

(as adapted from Haalo’s blog)

16 fresh prawns, shelled but tail tip left on

1 lemongrass stalk, bottom (white) part chopped roughly

4 coriander stalks, roots and leaves chopped roughly

1 bird’s eye chilli, sliced (optional, for extra spiciness)

1 garlic clove, sliced

1 tablespoon palm sugar, grated

fresh ginger, thumb-tip sized, peeled and sliced

1 lime, juiced

skewers or lemongrass stalks

1. Place the ingredients into a processor and process. Add some oil to help form a thick paste. Set aside while you prepare the prawns.
2. Remove the digestive track that runs from the tail tip. Slice two-thirds of the way in along the track path to butterfly the prawn.

3. Coat the prawns in the marinade, making sure you cover the opened up section. Re-shape the prawn as you skewer it into place. I used the top parts of the lemongrass as skewers.

4. Grill on a BBQ or on the stove – 30 seconds to 1 minute should do – you just want the prawn to change colour and the sides to crisp up a little.

Did you know that lemongrass has alot of health benefits ?

The Lemongrass is a good cleanser that helps to detoxify the Liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder and the digestive tract. It cuts down uric acid, cholesterol, excess fats and other toxins in the body while stimulating digestion, blood circulation, and lactation; it also alleviates indigestion and gastroenteritis. It is said that lemongrass also helps improve the skin by reducing acne and pimples and acts as a muscle and tissue toner. Also, it can reduce blood pressure. Just make a concoction by boiling some lemon grass leaves, let it cool for a while and drink the liquid.

*excerpt from here

Lemongrass is a very common plant here and it’s easy to grow. I’m currently planting it in a pot as I don’t have much land space as of now. It’s very easy, just plant the bottom part of the stalk into soil as it is after getting them from the market. If the outer part is a bit dry, remove a few layers of the outer skin. Pests don’t like the scent of lemongrass. (It’s served as a mosquito repellent, btw). Trim occasionally so it looks neat and not too bushy.


9 Comments

9 Comments on Lemongrass Prawns

  1. i have unlimited supply of lemongrass, must try your recipe soon. How is your blue flower growing?

  2. This is a killer. Looks absolutely delicious!

  3. wendyywy says:

    Hey, you bbqed this during ur bro’s party?
    Prawns are so so good when BBqed, the smell is like morphine to me.
    I can go floating around with the smell.

  4. sweesan says:

    Hi Sonia,
    I haven’t planted them yet 🙁

    3hungrytummies: yes it is!!

    wendy: Hahaha … nope, but we actually did lemongrass pork belly instead. No pix tho 🙁

  5. Von says:

    Mmm…there look so good!! I love using lemongrass, only it’s so expensive here!! =S

  6. maameemoomoo says:

    Ooh la la!!! Lemongrass and prawns! Sounds quite Vietnamese 😉

    Hmm.. can plant lemongrass??? Dang, now you’re giving me ideas for my ever expanding herb garden!

  7. Shirley@kokken69 says:

    Lemon grass is definitely my favorite spices! This dish looks so delicious… Perfect for parties.

  8. Pei-Lin says:

    Hey, you know what … You just convinced me to start planting lemongrass first when the house is fully ready … LOL! Scallion is another one, too!

    I always like to give my prawns that citrusy kick … be it from lemongrass or lemon … Yumm!

  9. Love this recipe! Must try on my next BBQ!

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