I remember being mystified when Mark Bittman said that a broiler is simply an upside down grill. Of course, I’d used my broiler, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hankered for homemade bbq or a grilled something-or-other but didn’t think of making it in my broiler before Mr. Bittman kindly pointed out I have the makings of my own grill at home. D’uh!
So now I don’t weep when a recipe calls for grilling: I broil instead. And for New Year’s, when I wanted to make a special appetizer for my dinner with Sean, I opted for this dish: Broiled Lemongrass Prawns. I found this recipe in Quick & Easy Vietnamese Home Cooking for Everyone. The book isn’t sexy, but the recipes are delicious and spot on. And I felt it simply would be wrong of me not to share this one.
- Prep Time: 5 – 10 minutes
- Inactive Time: 15 minutes (for marinating)
- Cook Time: 10 minutes on low broil
- Total Time: 30 – 35 minutes
- 1 medium size mixing bowl
- 1 wooden spoon
- paper towels
- broiling tray covered in aluminum foil
- oven / toaster oven with broiler
6 jumbo prawns – skin on (you can use this as an entree or you can eat 1 skewer if you share)
2 lemongrass stalks (tips cut at a diagonal)
2 tbsp of chopped lemongrass
1 tbsp of olive oil (I used canola oil and it was fine)
1 tbsp of honey
1 tbsp of fish sauce (nuoc mam)
2 tsp of yellow Vietnamese curry (yellow Thai curry also works in this recipe)
2 scallions, finely chopped
1 tsp of chili paste (you can use Sriracha if you like)
- Combine ingredients for marinade: 2 tbsp chopped lemongrass, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp fish sauce (nuoc mam), 2 tsp yellow Vietnamese curry, 2 chopped scallions, and 1 tsp of chili paste in a bowl.
- Add prawns and marinade for 15 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, fire up the broiler (low), and move oven rack so it is close to the flame.
Remove prawns from marinade, and using a paper towel remove excess moisture (the prawns should be a little dry).
- Discard marinade.
- Skewer the prawns with the lemongrass stalks, and place on top of a foil covered broiling tray.
- Slide the tray into the oven and broil for 5 minutes on each side (ten minutes total). Prawns skin should be crispy and pink (it will look grilled!).
- Remove from oven and serve over a bed of greens.
TIP:If you would like to make a dressing for the greens make the marinade without the curry powder or use the dressing from my Chicken and Mint Salad.