These marinated Mexican-inspired prawns are an ideal mid-week dinner as they’re quick and easy to prepare. They are also delicious and good for you!
Fresh prawns marinated in Mexican inspired spices with stir fry veg is a great, quick, healthy mid-week meal.
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For the prawns
- Glug of olive oil
- 300g prawns
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp garlic italian (or half garlic and half basil)
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tbsp chilli flakes
- 1 bunch of fresh coriander
For the veg
- 2 large carrots
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 lime
- 10-12 cherry tomatoes (halved) or 1 beef tomato (chopped)
- 1 fresh green chilli
- 150g rice
- 2 spring onions
- Mix all of the prawn spices in a small bowl. Toss the prawns in the olive oil and coat evenly with about 3/4 of the spice mix.
- Finely chop the onions, chilli, garlic and coriander (leaving some coriander for garnish). Roughly chop the carrot and pepper into strips. Chop the spring onion.
- Remove the zest from half the lime and juice the lime.
- Boil the kettle and set a pot of boiling salted water on the hob for the rice.
Cook the rice
- As the rice will take the longest it needs to be put on first. Cook as per instructions on the bag (usually between 10 and 12 minutes depending on the brand and type).
Cook the dish
- Heat a small bit of olive oil in a pan and add the prawns. Cook over a medium heat for about 1 minute on each side or until no longer grey. They need to be sealed, not cooked at this stage. Remove from pan.
- Without cleaning the pan, add the onions and garlic. Add a little more oil if necessary. Cook at a medium high heat (mark 4) until aromatic then add the chilli, tomatoes, coriander, carrot and pepper. Add half the lime juice and all of the zest. Cook for about 5 minutes or until al dente.
- Add the prawns and cook for 2 more minutes.
- Half the rice between two plates and sprinkle with a little lime juice and the spring onions. Add the prawn and veg mixture then sprinkle over the remaining lime juice and garnish with some coriander. Enjoy immediately.
Fresh prawns or frozen?
- If it's your first time cooking prawns, don't worry! Fresh prawns that are already deshelled and deveined are best as they are the easiest. Fresh prawns are grey and turn to a pinky white when cooked. Cooked prawns can also be used in this recipe but when cooking you should focus more on heating them rather than cooking them as overcooking makes them tough.
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