My Mum gave me this recipe for satay prawns awhile ago. I have made it a few times with varying levels of success. I love the nutty flavour of satay and this is perhaps lacking a bit in the peanut stakes. It is a bit higher in calories than I normally like for a dish that I serve with rice – over 300 calories. I try and stick to under 300 calories.
This dish takes about 10-15 minutes of preparation, 5 minutes to cook and serves one person.
The ingredients are:
- 200 gms of prawn meat.
- 1/4 onion thinly sliced
- 1/4 tsp minced chilli (or a small chilli finely chopped but I was not in a choppy mood yesterday)
- 1/2 tsp of ginger
- 1 tsp garlic
- 1/3 cup chicken stock (or you could use fish stock)
- 2 tbs light coconut milk
- 2 tbs basil, sliced
- 1 tbs peanut butter (I use crunchy and definitely not salt reduced)
- 1 tsp lime rind, grated
- 1 tbs lime juice
- olive oil cooking spray
To cook, heat a small frypan sprayed with the olive oil cooking spray to medium and stir fry the onion for about 2 minutes or until soft (the original recipe said high but I find the onion browns rather than softens). Add prawns, chilli, ginger and garlic. Turn heat up to high and stir fry for 30 seconds or until prawns are almost cooked.
Add stock,coconut milk, basil, peanut butter, lime rind and lime juice. Stir fry until prawns are cooked and sauce thickens – a couple of minutes.
The onion and the coconut milk are the nuisance items for the single cook. I buy the very small cans of coconut milk to minimize the wastage and keep the rest of the onion using my onion storage thing. For the chilli, garlic and ginger I use the pre minced stuff in the jar given the small amounts required.
I used to make this before I started to keep a much closer eye on my diet. I think I previously used coconut milk rather than light coconut milk and from my memory it was nicer with the real deal. This time around it was a bit watery. But perhaps that could be overcome by using less stock. Full coconut milk would add about another 40 calories but could possibly be worth it, especially if you have had a good exercise day. For me that means a good day in the garden as I am still holding out on joining a gym despite all those gym adverts with the new year. I have already spent too much on wasted gym memberships!