Butterflied Prawns in Chilli Chocolate


serves 4
8 large raw prawns, in the shell
15 ml (1 tbsp) seasoned flour
15 ml (1 tbsp) dry sherry
juice of 4 Clementines or 1 large orange
15 g (1/2 oz) unsweetened dark chocolate, chopped
30 ml (2 tbsp) olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2.5 cm (1 in) piece fresh root ginger, finely chopped
1 small red chilli, seeded and chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Peel the prawns, leaving just the tail sections intact. Make a shallow cut down the back of each prawn and carefully pull out and discard the dark intestinal tract. Turn over the prawns so that the undersides are uppermost, then carefully split them open from tail to top, using a small sharp knife, cutting almost, but not quite, through to the back.

2. Press the prawns down firmly to flatten them out. Coat with the seasoned flour and set aside.

3. Gently heat the sherry and Clementine or orange juice in a small saucepan. When warm, remove from the heat and stir in the chopped chocolate until melted.

4. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Fry the garlic, ginger and chilli over a moderate heat for 2 minutes until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve. Add the prawns, cut-side down, to the pan; cook for 2 - 3 minutes until golden brown with pink edges. Turn and cook for a further 2 minutes.

5. Return the garlic mixture to the pan and pour over the chocolate sauce. Cook for 1 minute, turning the prawns to coat them in the glossy sauce. Season to taste and serve hot.

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Prawns with chilli chocolate
posted by Mrs Ann Kent @ 09:06AM, 10/12/08
This was a different dish but the flavours blended well together. I thought an improvement that could be made would be if the sauce was slightly thicker, more of a dipping sauce
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