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Grilled prawns with honey and preserved lemon

Australian Gourmet Traveller seafood recipe for grilled prawns with honey and preserved lemon by Andrew and Matt McConnell

By Andrew & Matt McConnell
  • Serves 6
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking plus soaking
Grilled prawns with honey and preserved lemon
Grilled prawns with honey and preserved lemon

“I hate the cliché but I love the ceremony of prawns on the barbecue. If you don’t fancy saffron but feel like a good kick, replace the posh spice with a pinch of dried chilli” - Andrew McConnell


  • 12 large green prawns, peeled, tails intact and intestinal tracts removed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • To serve: pinch of saffron threads
  • 24 Claire de Lune or other Sydney rock oysters, to serve
Honey and preserved lemon dressing
  • ¼ preserved lemon rind
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • Pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 1½ tbsp extra-virgin olive oil


  • 1
    For honey and preserved lemon dressing, soak preserved lemon rind in a bowl of water for 1 hour, drain and pat dry using absorbent paper. Coarsely chop, transfer to a mortar and, using a pestle, pound to a fine paste. Add honey, lemon juice, chilli flakes and 1 tbsp water and mix thoroughly to combine. Add olive oil, 1 tsp at a time, blending after each addition with the pestle, until all is incorporated.
  • 2
    Preheat a barbecue or chargrill pan over high heat. Brush prawns with olive oil and grill for 3-5 minutes on each side or until just cooked. Transfer prawns to a bowl and spoon half of the dressing over. Stand for 5 minutes to marinate, then season to taste with sea salt.
  • 3
    Serve drizzled with remaining dressing. Scatter a little saffron over and serve immediately with oysters to the side.
  • Author: Andrew & Matt McConnell