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

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Stage 1
Vietnamese prawns
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
Vietnamese prawns
...then gently pull out the gut and discard it.

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

Stage 4 - 10 min.
Vietnamese prawns
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.
Vietnamese prawns
Remove and discard the seeds from the chilli, then chop finely. Peel 2 cloves garlic and chop very finely.

Stage 6 - 3 min.
Vietnamese prawns
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.
Vietnamese prawns
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.
Vietnamese prawns
Add the thyme, ginger and coriander. Mix well and cook for 1 minute.

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

Stage 10 - 3 min.
Vietnamese prawns
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.
Based on Catherine's recipe.
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).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Crustaceans, Soybeans, Fish, Sesame
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 people : 6.10 €
  • Per person : 1.53 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
PrawnsPrawns: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Seafood sauerkraut, Crispy prawn rolls, Spicy seafood plancha, Curried prawn risotto, Paella, ... All
Red chilliRed chilli: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Home-made chilli oil, Erika's ceviche, Sausage rougail, ... All
Sesame oilSesame oil: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Ali Baba bread, Pollack fillet baked with rice and vegetables., Sesame rice, Sesame cookies, Grilled fillet of salmon with corn-salad cream, ... All
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