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Vietnamese prawns

Vietnamese prawns

In this recipe, the prawns are first lightly fried, then spiced up with a piquant sauce.


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Last modified on: May 26th 2013

For 4 people, you will need:

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
44 min.10 min.54 min.
Preservation: A few minutes once cooked, but can be reheated.
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1 Vietnamese prawns : Photo of step #1Shell 400 g prawns (for this recipe it doesn't much matter whether they're cooked or raw).

Remove the dark "thread" (the gut) from each prawn as this can give a bitter taste. To do this, split the prawn along its back...
2 Vietnamese prawns : Photo of step #2...then gently pull out the gut and discard it.
3 Vietnamese prawns : Photo of step #3Prepare all the prawns like this. 20 min.
4 Vietnamese prawns : Photo of step #4Rinse 1 sprig thyme, chop 1 shallot, chop 1 teaspoon ginger into small pieces and chop 2 tablespoons coriander . 10 min.
5 Vietnamese prawns : Photo of step #5Remove and discard the seeds from the chilli, then chop finely. Peel 2 cloves garlic and chop very finely. 8 min.
6 Vietnamese prawns : Photo of step #6Prepare the sauce by combining in a bowl: 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons water, 2 tablespoons Vietnamese fish sauce (nuoc mam) and the juice of 1 lime.

Add the chopped garlic and chilli and a little pepper.
3 min.
7 Vietnamese prawns : Photo of step #7Heat 3 tablespoons sesame oil in a frying pan (or, ideally, a wok) on high heat. When good and hot, tip in the shallots, then the prawns and sauter (fry while tossing gently) until lightly caramelized (3 or 4 minutes). 4 min.
8 Vietnamese prawns : Photo of step #8Add the thyme, ginger and coriander. Mix well and cook for 1 minute. 1 min.
9 Vietnamese prawns : Photo of step #9Pour in the sauce and leave the liquid to reduce by about half. 5 min.
10 Vietnamese prawns : Photo of step #10Discard the sprig of thyme and serve without delay on a bed of white rice, for example. This dish looks attractive served in small individual bowls. 3 min.


Try replacing the coriander with lemon balm if you can, which gives an even more subtle flavour.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
84680 gr30 gr45 gr
42 %31 %3 %7 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
11511 gr4 gr6 gr
6 %4 %<1 %1 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
21119 gr7 gr11 gr
11 %8 %1 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 people : 6.10 €
Per person : 1.53 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Based on Catherine's recipe.
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