BBQ Prawn Cocktail

    1 hour 21 minutes

    This marinade is meant to resemble the classic prawn cocktail sauce and it is so good! You can also cook the prawns under the grill and they'll be great.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons tomato sauce
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely diced
    • pinch salt
    • pinch cayenne pepper
    • 1 kg prawns, peeled

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:6min  ›  Extra time:1hour marinating  ›  Ready in:1hour21min 

    1. In a bowl, combine garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, vinegar, basil, salt to taste and cayenne pepper. Add the prawns and stir to coat. Chill 1 hour.
    2. Preheat the barbecue and thread the prawns on wooden skewers. Cook 2-3 minutes per side, until prawns are just opaque. Do not overcook or they will get rubbery.

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    These were very nice. I was expecting outstanding flavour for five stars though and this just didn't make it. Next time I would add sweet chilli sauce, more tomato and garlic. Fresh basil is a must! UPDATE: I have now modified this recipe to suit our family's taste and I have to say that it is worthy of 5* now. Instead of tomato sauce, I used a whole can of diced tomatoes, doubled the garlic, more basil, 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce, 1 tblsn of red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup oil and pulsed the lot in my food processor. Verrryyy nice.  -  29 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    For a small Oscar Party I made an arrangement of skewer recipes. My friend Kristi ABSOLUTELY loved this one. But a word to the wise, if you for some reason not to grill the shrimp and instead make it on the stove, BIG mistake. I became lazy and mad waiting for my boyfriend and decided to use the stove and a skillet. It had to be scrapped, the grill allows some of the seasonings to air out especially the garlic and adds a great taste that can not be replicated on the stove.  -  22 Apr 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is a super simple and yummy recipe. The only thing I did differntly is used ketchup instead of tomato sauce, as I didn't want to open a large can of tamato sauce for such a little amount.  -  06 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)