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

Keywords for this recipe:PrawnsVietnamNuoc mamSauceSoyaHerbs

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Stage 1
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Shell 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...

Stage 2
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...then gently pull out the gut and discard it.

Stage 3 - 20 min.
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Prepare all the prawns like this.

Stage 4 - 10 min.
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Rinse 1 sprig thyme, chop 1 shallot, chop 1 teaspoon ginger into small pieces and chop 2 tablespoons fresh coriander (cilantro) .

Stage 5 - 8 min.
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Remove and discard the seeds from the chilli, then chop finely. Peel 2 cloves garlic and chop very finely.

Stage 6 - 3 min.
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Prepare 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.

Stage 7 - 4 min.
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Heat 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).

Stage 8 - 1 min.
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Add the thyme, ginger and coriander. Mix well and cook for 1 minute.

Stage 9 - 5 min.
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Pour in the sauce and leave the liquid to reduce by about half.

Stage 10 - 3 min.
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Discard 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.


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


A few minutes once cooked, but can be reheated.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
846 Kcal or 3,542 Kj80 gr30 gr45 gr
42 %31 %3 %7 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
115 Kcal or 481 Kj11 gr4 gr6 gr
6 %4 %<1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
211 Kcal or 883 Kj20 gr8 gr11 gr
11 %8 %1 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Based on Catherine's recipe.

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