It is summer here in Australia and this means lots of things to me in terms of what I eat. One of the big things is that I love fresh seafood at this time of year. While I love a fish pie in winter, summer for me means all kind of seafood goods and top of my list is prawns (shrimp). I normally like eating my prawns grilled or stir-fried but I saw this recipe for baked honey cajun prawns by Natasha of Natasha’s Kitchen and thought it was worth trying. I have had a bit of success with baking chicken in sauces normally done in stir-fries – like this lemongrass chili chicken. The baking has kept the chicken nice and tender.
But I didn’t love baking prawns. I found it hard to tell when the prawns were cooked or nearly cooked. They are so easy to over cook that I found myself anxiously popping the oven door open to check on how things were going. With a stir-fry I have this process nailed.
The prawns came out pretty good but what was particularly fabulous with thisdish is the sauce that you get with the prawns. It is fantastic to dip some bread into, with the added bonus that you don’t need to cook some potatoes or rice to go with these prawns.
The sauce is so good that I have had a go making this recipe as a stir-fry and it works well. Plus in my desire to cut cooking time I skipped the hour’s marinating the recipe called for. The sauce wasn’t quite as good as when I baked the prawns but it does mean you can get home from work and have this meal ready to eat in under 15 minutes including preparation. Which I just love. If you are a more confident prawn baker and have the time to marinate then head on over to the original recipe.
Preparation time is about 5 minutes if your prawns don’t need too much cleaning and cook time is about 5 minutes. I made a large serve so my version has 440 calories but I think that it not too bad for dinner.
- A couple of sprays of olive oil cooking spray
- 200-250g of prawns, peeled and deveined (I buy mine like this)
- 1 Tbs of lemon juice
- 2 Tbs of olive oil
- 1/2 Tbs of soy sauce
- 1/2 Tbs of honey
- 1/2 Tbs of cajun seasoning
- 1 tsp of chopped fresh parsley
- Put all the ingredients except the prawns and cooking spray in a bowl and mix until well combined.
- Toss the prawns in the bowl and make sure they are well coated.
- Heat a wok on a medium-high heat and spray with the cooking spray.
- Once the wok is hot add in the prawns and marinade and cook until the prawns change colour. Then whip them off the heat as they will continue to cook and you don't want overcooked prawns.
- Serve with lovely crusty fresh bread.