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Prawn on the Lawn
Seafood
Main
15 mins
Seafood
Easy
Serves
4

This is the first ever dish we served in the restaurant. We had the name and the shop, so then we needed a dish that wasn’t too gimmicky. Right from the off, this reflected all the other dishes that followed – bags of flavour, simple to make, it packs a punch and is a true classic.

Pairs well with: Verdejo or Spanish fizz

Prawn on the Lawn: Fish and seafood to share by Katie and Rick Toogood, published by Pavilion Books. Image credit to Steven Joyce.

Recipe courtesy of
Ingredients
  • 2 ready-to-eat avocados, Hass are best
  • 6 tbsp lime juice
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3–4 sprigs of coriander (cilantro)
  • 4 slices of soda bread (see p. 156 of the book to make it fresh)
  • 12 cooked king prawns (jumbo shrimp), peeled and deveined
  • (you can buy raw if you prefer and cook them in boiling lightly salted water for 1–2 minutes)
  • 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely diced
  • micro-coriander (cilantro), to garnish (if available)
  • 1 lime, quartered, to serve
Method
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Method
  1. Scoop the flesh from the avocados into a mixing bowl. Add 2 tbsp of lime juice and mash. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. This mix can be left in the fridge until needed; just leave an avocado stone in the mix and cover in cling film (plastic wrap) and it won’t turn brown.
  2. Finely chop the coriander, reserving a few leaves for garnish. Toast the soda bread, then spoon the avocado mix equally over the slices. Place 3 cooked prawns on each slice. Sprinkle the chilli over the prawns, pour 1 tbsp of the remaining lime juice on top of each slice and sprinkle over the chopped coriander. Garnish with the reserved coriander, or use the micro-coriander leaves if you have them. Serve immediately, with a wedge of lime.

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