Bill Granger recipe: Prawns with lemon-grass-and-chilli salt
Sunday 20 July 2014
This is a foolproof dish that requires minimum effort. I've never been one for sit-down starters, instead preferring to let friends get their hands dirty with "interactive" nibbles while I finish the main. Just make sure there are plenty of napkins handy.
Nuoc cham sauce
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 red chilli, chopped
1 tbsp caster sugar
3 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp fish sauce
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
1 lemon-grass stalk, chopped
1 tsp chilli flakes
Grated zest 1 lime
3 tbsp sea salt
1kg raw king prawns
2 tbsp light-flavoured oil
Nuoc cham (see recipe above)
Limes, to serve
Pound the lemon grass, chilli, lime zest and sea salt with a pestle and mortar, until finely ground. Place in a small bowl and set aside. k
Toss the prawns and oil in a large bowl to coat. Pre-heat a barbecue or a large griddle to high. Cook the prawns for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
Serve with the lemon-grass-and-chilli salt, nuoc cham dipping sauce, and some limes, then leave everyone to peel their own prawns and add their preferred flavours.
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