Grilled Prawns with Asian-Style Mango Salsa
I am really looking forward to a warmer weather as we have been having horrible rainy spring for almost 3 weeks now. It rains almost everyday, if not grey and cloudy. The sun might shine for a few hours if we were lucky.
As far as I could remember, March started out well but a few days into the first week of April, the temperature plummeted and it has been such since. Thus, I am hoping that the summer will be warm and sunny, though I don’t put a lot of hope as the summer in the UK is too temperamental!
When the day is sunny, it makes me feel like making something to welcome summer days that are bright, dry and warm. Thus, the idea of grilled prawns. I love eating prawns. It’s one of my favourite seafood. Buying fresh prawns can be expensive in London, especially those big ones. So, other option is buy frozen ones. I like to buy either with shell on or just shell on the tail. Depending on what kind of dishes I want to make. Those with shells on are great if you want to use them as the main ingredient for a dish. Otherwise, with tail on or without would be the most convenient.
I seldom buy cooked prawns unless I want to serve them with salad leaves or as starters that are served at room temperature. As double cook the prawns will make them too chewy. Another good way to use cooked prawns are to add them in a soup or soup noodle, especially when they just need to be heated up.
As a way to bring a taste of summer at home, I grilled the prawns and serve them with mango salsa. The dish doesn’t only look summery, but after eating the prawns with mango salsa, it brought me straight into summer mood. 🙂
For the Grilled Prawns with Asian-Style Mango Salsa:
10 prawns, rinsed, trimmed and deveined
1/2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp tomato powder (optional)
salt & pepper
For the Asian-Style Mango salsa:
1 tbsp lime juice
1 1/2 tsp caster sugar
1 tsp fish sauce
1 ripe mango, peeled and cut into small dice
1/2 red pepper, cut into small dice
a small handful of chopped mint leaves and some extra whole leaves for garnishing
a small handful of chopped coriander leaves and some extra whole leaves for garnishing
1. Put the prawns in a bowl, add the olive oil, garlic powder, tomato powder, salt and pepper. Mix well and leave to marinate for 20-25 minutes.
2. Heat a griddle pan until searingly hot. Meanwhile, to make the dressing, add the lime juice, caster sugar and fish sauce in a bowl. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the mango and red pepper, mix to coat. Add the mint and coriander leaves, mix well. Chill for 7-8 minutes.
3. Place the prawns onto the hot griddle pan and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, until opaque and pink in colour. Serve these immediately with the dressing and the reserved mint and coriander leaves.
Beautiful presentation and photography. Looks yum! I never bought cooked prawns before, mainly because they are displayed together with other raw seafood, so a bit skeptical there. So envious you’re enjoying summer there…:p
I can’t wait for the warmer weather to arrive! That dish is just fabulously summery.
Yeah, I can’t wait for warm weather too.. Been raining for ages!
YUM! I can just imagine the burst of flavours already. Plus it looks so colourful and vibrant on the dish. Mmmm.
Thank you! 🙂
It’s not summer here any more but I swear I could turn on one of the photo lights and eat this dish of food. 🙂
I am hoping by making this dish, it means summer is soon. 🙂
Love prawns and I’m sure they taste amazing with the mango here 🙂
Yes, they are yummy combo. 🙂
Superbe! J’adore les mangues dans les plats salés… Un peu de soleil dans son assiette! Je te rassure, ici le temps est très mauvais également!
Merci Dominique!Ici le temps eat très mauvais aussi! J’espère que le soleil reviendra bientôt!
omg this looks just so so so delicious I coulld probably clean off the whole plate myself. there’s just somethign about fresh prawns, their natural sweetness that makes them already so good just plainlygrilled, even without the salsa, though the mango definitely takes it up a notch!
Totally agree with you, the natural sweetness of the prawns makes it hard to resist! 🙂
Isn’t the weather awful! This looks fabulous, really summery but still warm on these horrible non spring like days. GG
Yes, the weather has been really awful lately! Just hope that summer will be better.
God, I know what you mean about the weather at the moment. Last month I got sun burn,m now I am wearing wellies!
But this dish looks amazing, summer on a plate. BTW I am intrigued by the tomato powder. I’m not familiar with it . .. where can I get some?
Oh dear… how temperamental the weather it is! I feel so sick of the rain. Today’s weather is decent though. 😉
Hi Leemei, I love this vibrant picture of shrimp and mango salsa! Totally bright my day with the photo. I’d love to try making this salsa – shrimp sounds great with it and so as other meat/fish!
Thanks Nami. I am sure other meat/fish would go well with the mango salsa too!
Very Summer-y dish… mango and prawns. Yum 😀
We are lucky … we have Prawns all year round…(saja mau buat you jeles ;P)
Memang buat I jeles laa.. 😛
I am so jealous of your warmer weather! We are heading to winter now 🙁 But this prawn dish looks so perfect!!
Well, I hope this year’s summer won’t disappoint me. I guess the winter you have over there is less rough than in the UK. 🙂
I love your asian-style mango salsa recipe, definitely booked mark. The tomato powder is really new to me, wondering how its looks 🙂
Thanks Ira. The tomato powder looks a bit like chilli powder but darker in shade. I bought it at a store in Paris. Maybe will get one for you when I next go there (hopefully I still remember the shop!).
When weather goes fine, I believe it’d be equally good to do this outdoor : ).
Yes, definitely would be better to do it outdoor. 🙂
Aha…my all time favourite…prawns! Love how you added mango salsa to it. I will eat the whole plate 😀 Ya, weather is not too odd here in UK. Up north here in Scotland, it’s still very cold and windy 🙁 Hope we will have a good summer.
Same! I love prawns too. Well, I would imagine it is colder in Scotland – fingers crossed that we will have good summer!
Like how you prepared this prawns…especially paired with refreshing mango salsa. Beautiful pictures!
Hope you are having a great week 🙂
I hear you about the weather. We’ve been having a rainy week over here as well. These prawns and salsa screams summer. Love the flavors and the colors.
I would happily have the whole plate to welcome the summer! hehe
It’s the same here. I enjoy eating prawns but fresh ones are not cheap here and locally farmed whole prawns seems seasonal too. 🙁 To satisfy my own craving, I buy frozen (IQF-instant quick freeze) prawns, keep them in the freezer and sometimes, use them to flavor vegetables stir-fries.
Your grilled prawns and mango salsa are so compatibly beautiful, refreshing and flavorful together!
I am a bit skeptical with the farmed ones because sometimes they give me allergic reactions. 🙁 So I usually have to be careful. I do buy frozen from time to time!
That looks positively delicious — an invitation to summer flavors 🙂
Beatuiful pictures of a dish I just have to try. Looks delics! Happy Wednesday! towe.