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Charred prawn sandwich with fennel, lemon myrtle and lime

These luxe sandwiches are a treat for lunch or dinner, but can easily morph into a cocktail snack. That's versatile.

By Max Adey
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 5 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Charred prawn sandwich with fennel, lemon myrtle and lime
These make a fine summer lunch or dinner as they are, but switch the bread for mini milk rolls and you'll have a simple canapé guests will lap up.


  • 8 slices soft white bread
  • 600 gm peeled uncooked prawns, cleaned
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 2 small fennel bulbs (fronds reserved), thinly sliced on a mandoline, crisped in iced acidulated water
  • 1 cup (firmly packed) watercress sprigs
  • Lemon wedges, to serve
Lemon myrtle-buttermilk sauce
  • 50 gm mayonnaise
  • 50 ml well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp dried ground lemon myrtle (optional; see note)


  • 1
    For lemon myrtle-buttermilk sauce, whisk ingredients in a bowl and season to taste.
  • 2
    Heat a barbecue or char-grill pan to high heat and grill bread until lightly charred and toasted (1 minute each side).
  • 3
    Drizzle prawns with oil, season to taste and grill, turning once, until just opaque (2-3 minutes).
  • 4
    To serve, spread half the toasted bread slices on one side with sauce to taste, top with prawns, drained fennel, fennel fronds and watercress, season to taste, sandwich with remaining toasted bread and serve with lemon wedges.


Lemon myrtle is available from select delicatessens and online from and

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