Salt and Pepper Garlic Prawns
Cuisine: Asian
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Serves: 2-4
A succulent recipe for salt and pepper garlic prawns inspired by the Hawaiian Northshore Food trucks
  • ½ pound jumbo prawns (about 12 of them), simple peel, shell split & deveined
  • 1 tablespoon red Hawaiian sea salt (Kosher salt works fine too)
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1½ tablespoons butter
  • 6 large cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • Hawaiian sea salt and fresh black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry sherry or white wine
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  1. In a medium bowl, toss the prawns with the salt. Massage the prawns with the salt for 10 seconds, set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Fill the bowl with just enough water to cover the prawns. Allow the shrimp to rest in the brine for 15 minutes.
  3. Strain the shrimp and pat dry with a paper town. Do not rinse.
  4. Sprinkle the starch over each side of the prawns.
  5. Heat a frying pan on medium heat with coconut oil.
  6. When the pan is hot, add the prawns. Cook each side for 1 minute and season with black pepper.
  7. The shells will appear dark orange and cooked but the meat will be slightly raw. Remove the shrimp to a plate immediately.
  8. Add the butter and garlic to the pan. As the butter melts, grab the handle of the pan and swirl the garlic around. The goal is not to burn the garlic.
  9. Once the butter is nearly melted completely, add back the prawns and cook for an additional 30 seconds on each side, seasoning with a touch of Hawaiian sea salt and more pepper.
  10. Garlic should be slightly browned and even crispy but not burnt.
  11. Remove the prawns to a serving bowl or plate.
  12. Some of the garlic may have stuck to the pan. Add the sherry and using a wood spoon, scrape the bottom of the pan so all the garlic is loose. Cooking time is less than 20 seconds. Pour the butter garlic mixture over the prawns.
  13. Finish the dish off with the chopped cilantro.
  14. Eat immediately.
Recipe by Savory Sweet Life at