Garlic Prawns With Fire Roasted Capsicum Sauce

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Garlic Prawns Fire Roasted Capsicum Sauce

Garlic Prawns

Garlic Prawns Fire Roasted Capsicum Sauce, Fresh Coriander, and Zesty Lemon Essence.

 

How To Make The Perfect Garlic Prawn Dish

I’m always looking for new ways to cook prawns and this garlic prawns with fire roasted capsicum aka bell pepper sauce dish is a real winner. The capsicum I fire roasted gives the sauce a smoky depth of flavor. The sweetness of the capsicum pairs perfectly with the garlic and prawns.

Making garlic prawns may seem like it would be difficult, however, it is actually not that hard. In fact, with a few simple tips, you can make the perfect garlic prawn dish every time.

There are just 7 ingredients for this dish – prawns, fresh lemon, red capsicum, coriander aka cilantro stalks and roots, fresh garlic, white wine, and virgin olive oil.

Dishes using seafood are fantastic they are delicious. The tick is when it comes to flavors having some restraint and letting the seafood shine.

Prawns, fresh garlic, and capsicum are partners that dance together on the plate. Add Riesling wine, coriander, and lemon, the prawn flavor becomes vibrant and fresh.

The flavor profile comes from years of cooking as a professional chef and my understanding of the process of flavor layering without going over the top.

Garlic Prawns Ingredients
Red Tiger prawns, fresh lemon, red capsicum, coriander aka cilantro stalks and roots, fresh garlic, white wine, virgin olive oil.

How Can You Tell Good Quality Prawns?

There are a few things you can look for when trying to identify good quality prawns. First, they should be whole and intact no missing legs or antennae.

Second, the shells should be a nice pinkish, light grey, or red color. The flesh should be firm to the touch. Third, they should have a fresh, salty smell (not fishy or foul-smelling).

Finally, the heads should not be dark or discolored and be free of any unusual black spots or bruises. If you’re unsure whether a particular prawn is of good quality, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and not purchase them.

  • If you’re buying them frozen by the packet they are graded by the pound e.g. 20/30 the yield will be 20 – 30 whole prawns per pound or 500 grams.
  • Frozen prawns will sometimes be referred to as “green prawns”. This indicates they were frozen raw, not cooked.

What Is The Best Way To Cook Prawns?

When cooking prawns searing them in a cast iron pan is the best way to cook them, about 1-2 minutes on each side. Deglaze the pan with a good quality white wine, like a riesling or chardonnay.

Next, drizzle some virgin olive oil into the pan along with some slivers of sliced fresh garlic. Simmer for a couple of minutes and season with a little Himalayan pink salt.

How To Fire Roast Capsicum

To fire roast capsicums, cook them over a gas stovetop. Turn the flame on high and place the capsicum directly on the flame.

Rotate it every so often until all the sides are charred. Once they are blackened, place them into iced or cold water and the capsicum skin will easily peel off. Then peel off the skin and cut off the stem and remove the seeds.

Fire Roasted Capsicum Sauce Ingredients
Fire Roasted Capsicum, Garlic Gloves, Coriander Root, and Stalks

Larder Stables And Must Have Kitchen Tools

  • I’ll make it easy for you. stock your kitchen with these basic ingredients – Butter, milk, Himalayan pink or quality sea salt, whole peppercorns, sugar, vinegar, virgin olive oil, and plain flour.

Essential Kitchen Tools – Must Haves

You can’t be at a professional level in the kitchen unless you own a variety of high-end tools. Genius kitchen gadgets are an essential part of any home cook’s or aspiring chef’s arsenal. From some of the best chef knives, and kitchen cookware, to wooden cutting boards. These will set you apart from others and get you ready with what you need to start making meals like a chef.

My Professional Recommendations

Seasoning Food

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
  • As a chef the most underrated ingredient in the kitchen is salt. When my recipes call for salt and pepper I use a variety of different salts and freshly ground black pepper.

Many chefs, including myself, prefer sea salt like Maldon salt flakes or Himalayan pink salt. Both can be used for cooking and finishing. They have a refined flavor that brings out the natural taste of food.

Plated Garlic Prawns Fire Roasted Capsicum Sauce

Garlic Prawns With Fire Roasted Capsicum Sauce

Garlic Prawns, Fire Roasted Capsicum, So You Don't Miss The Smoky Char. Add A Squeeze Of Lemon Which Takes The Dish To Another Level
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine New Zealand
Servings 4 People
Calories 398 kcal

Ingredients
  

Red Tiger Prawns

  • 12 each Red tiger prawns
  • ¼ cup White wine - Riesling
  • 8 cloves Garlic - thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup Olive oil - extra virgin
  • Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper

Fire Roasted Capsicum Sauce

  • 1 each Capsicum aka red pepper
  • Cilantro aka coriander - stalks and roots
  • 4 cloves Garlic - thinly sliced
  • Himalayan pink salt - to taste

Garnish

  • Cilantro aka coriander - leaves
  • 1 each Lemon - juice

Instructions
 

Fire Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

  • Over a gas stovetop, roast the outside of the capsicum.
    You’ll need to turn it often so the flame brushes against the entire surface of the capsicum until it’s black and charred. This should take 5 – 6 minutes.
    Place into iced or cold water and the capsicum skin will easily peel off.
    If you don’t have a gas stovetop you can roast them in the oven at 180ºC or 356ºF for 15 – 20 minutes, this method will take longer.
    CHEFS TIP: When roasting whole capsicums in the oven, as they become soft and caramelized remove them from the oven.
    Place into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, leave for 5 – 10 minutes. The skin will easily peel off.
    Fire Roasted Capsicum Sauce Ingredients
  • Place the peeled fire roasted capsicum, garlic cloves, coriander stalks, and roots into a blender.
    Blend to a smooth paste and season with salt and pepper. Leave to one side until needed.
    Red Bell Pepper Coulis

Cooking The Red Tiger Prawns

  • Heat a cast-iron pan and sear the prawns for about 1-2 minutes on each side. Deglaze the pan with the riesling wine.
    Next, drizzle the virgin olive oil into the pan along with some slivers of sliced fresh garlic. Simmer for a couple of minutes and season with a little Himalayan pink salt.
    Toss in the fire roasted capsicum sauce making sure the garlic prawns are well coated and simmer for one more minute.
    They will continue to cook in their shells for 30 – 60 seconds after being removed from the hot pan.
    Cooking The Red Tiger Prawns

Plated Garlic Prawns with Fire Roasted Capsicum Sauce

  • Remove from the heat and arrange the prawns onto a plate, garnish with the sliced fresh coriander leaves.
    Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the prawns to add a zing.
    Prawns with Fire Roasted Capsicum Sauce
Keywords Red Tiger Prawns, Riesling, Summer

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Serving Size: 12 Red Tiger Prawns garlic, capsicum sauce.
Calories 398 | Total Fat 28.3 g | Carbohydrates 9 g | Fiber 1.5 g | Protein 15.2 g | Iron 1.4 mg

Plated Garlic Prawns Fire Roasted Capsicum Sauce

Garlic Prawns Dish Definitely A Keeper

If you’re looking for delicious and easy seafood dishes to make at home, give my garlic prawns with fire roasted capsicum recipe a try. With just 7 ingredients, it’s simple to put together but packs a big flavor.

This dish is definitely a keeper. So next time you’re looking for something quick and delicious to make for dinner, give these garlic prawns a try.

I’ll definitely be making this again soon. Garlic prawns are always a crowd pleaser so give this recipe a try the next time you have guests over.

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