Barbecued prawns with pickled and grilled cucumber


A combination of quick-pickled and char-grilled cucumbers makes the salad accompanying these simply grilled prawns something special. Serve with flatbread warmed on the grill at the same time to make this dish more substantial.

You'll need

1 Lebanese cucumber, half-peeled, halved lengthways and seeds scooped out with a spoon Olive oil, for brushing, plus 2 tbsp extra ½ cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley ¼ cup coarsely chopped dill Pinch of dried mint 80 gm thick plain yoghurt 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Juice and finely grated rind of 1 lemon, plus extra wedges (optional) to serve 1 garlic clove, finely chopped ½ long red chilli, finely chopped 24 medium uncooked prawns, heads discarded, butterflied   Quick-pickled cucumber 1 Lebanese cucumber, half-peeled, halved lengthways and seeds scooped out with a spoon, thinly sliced 90 ml white wine vinegar 2 tsp caster sugar

Method

  • 01
  • For quick-pickled cucumber, combine ingredients in a bowl, season to taste and set aside to pickle (10-15 minutes).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, heat a barbecue to high. Brush cucumber lightly with olive oil and grill until lightly charred (1-2 minutes). Set aside to cool, then coarsely chop and transfer to a bowl. Drain pickled cucumber, reserving liquid, add to charred cucumber along with herbs and season to taste. Whisk 2 tbsp pickling liquid in a bowl with yoghurt, extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice, and season to taste. Just before serving, drizzle yoghurt mixture over cucumber, season to taste and toss to lightly coat.
  • 03
  • Combine extra olive oil, lemon rind, garlic and chilli in a bowl, season to taste, then brush over flesh side of prawns and barbecue until just cooked through (1-2 minutes). Serve straightaway over cucumber salad.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
The Gourmet Traveller podcast

Each fortnight we round up the most interesting characters from the food world for your listening pleasure. We chat to chefs, cooks, authors, bar tenders and baristas - anyone who has something new and interesting to say about the way we like to eat and drink.

Listen
Recipe collections

Looking for fresh dinner ideas? Not sure how to make the most out of seasonal produce? Or do you need to plan the perfect party menu? Our recipe collections have you covered.

See more

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

Drink Suggestion

Crisp, dry Italian-style white such as vermentino.

Featured in

Dec 2015

Recipes (9 )

You might also like...

Nectarine and elderflower granita

recipes

Prawn and chive vol-au-vents

Moroccan braised lamb neck

recipes

Burmese duck leg and potato curry

Wine-braised veal shoulder with Gorgonzola polenta

recipes

Venetian calf’s liver and onions

Slow-roasted veal breast stuffed with sausage

recipes

conversion tool