Easy Piri Piri King Prawns barbecue recipe for the perfect barbecue gathering!
As promised in my previous posts, more BBQ recipes and tips are coming your way. It’s BBQ season after all and with this hot weather, this is what we’ve been doing every single night for the past few days! Plus, who wants to spend the day inside cooking by the hob or oven, when you can just have a BBQ in your backyard or in the nearby park. It’s a fun activity when you’re out in the fresh air especially when you’re doing it with friends or family.
Making BBQs can never be boring! BBQ means having pleasant time with people you love while enjoying the good weather. And the food itself is pleasant and full of variety. Not only do I prepare different sauces to accompany amazing grills, but also the meats and vegetables are different every time.
There are quite a few BBQ recipes on the blog, such as British beef steaks served with the Argentinian Chimichurri sauce, Beef Ranch Burgers and Potato Chicken Kabobs. Today, I’m sharing something that’s a bit different. I opted for something easy and quick, yet healthy and delicious. I made Piri Piri king prawns barbecue using Iceland Foods frozen king prawns, and they turned out to be extremely delicious. My initial plan was to pair shrimps with courgette, but that was the idea when I wanted to make simple seasoned prawns with veg. But then the idea of Piri Piri prawns came to my mind and I immediately imagined the vibrant colours of my BBQ sticks if I combined the Piri Piri prawns with cherry tomatoes. We weren’t a really huge group, but everyone loves prawns and I ended up using a whole package of prawns (600 grams!) for the barbecue. The prawns were the first thing to disappear from our table, everyone loved them!
I prefer buying frozen prawns, as they’re frozen right away so they’re healthier. And I always like to stock up on prawns in my freezer, as that means that I’ll always have them when I feel like having prawns. It’s so convenient taking out from the freezer just the right amount of frozen food, and leave the rest until later. Thanks to the #PowerOfFrozen always being stocked up on great foods is no longer an issue!
I find it very convenient to shop at Iceland Foods either in store or online, they offer a wide range of frozen foods and the quality is always amazing.
For this Piri Piri prawn barbecue, all you will need is the prawns, some cherry tomatoes and few very simple ingredients such as olive oil, lemon juice, seasoning, garlic, parsley, pepper, sugar, salt and vinegar!
I like to marinate the prawns overnight, but if there isn’t time then you can marinate for 15 minutes minimum.
The prawns are also cooked very quickly, when it’s a barbecue I keep them on the coals for 5 minutes maximum under the lid! But that also depends on what sort of barbecue you are using, and what temperature are you cooking at.
Here are my top 6 barbecue tips for cooking on coal which I hope you’ll find beneficial.
- Always preheat coals and make sure that they turn grey and covered in ashes before adding the food to the grill. This will ensure that the food will get cooked thoroughly inside.
- Stack coals in a pyramid shape in the centre of the grill for maximum heat efficiency and least amount of smoke.
- Oil the grill using an oiled paper towel before grilling the food to keep it from sticking. You don’t want to leave half of your food stuck to the grill.
- To avoid getting dry meats, always close the lid while grilling the meat as that keeps the heat and moisture inside the grill.
- If you’re not sure whether your meat is ready or not, use an instant thermometer to check the doneness of the meat. Using a thermometer will save you lots of time and fuss, as you don’t need to take parts of the food to cut into smaller pieces to make sure it has been cooked and ready to eat, and putting it back if it hasn’t.
- Use a grill basket to grill vegetables or fruits. It keeps the food safe from falling through the rack and makes grilling easy.
- 600 grams king prawns
- 100 grams cherry tomatoes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- juice of half a lemon
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp crushed red chilli
- 1 tsp garlic paste (or crushed garlic)
- ¼ cup parsley (finely chopped)
- ½ tsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp apple vinegar
- Wooden skewers
- Take the prawns out of the freezer and defrost.
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients excluding prawns and cherry tomatoes. Give it a good mix.
- When prawns are defrosted, marinate them in the sauce for at least 15 minutes but preferably overnight.
- Place prawns into wooden skewers with the cherry tomatoes.
- Preheat barbecue, and cook on both sides with the lid closed until prawns are cooked through. This shouldn't take more than 5 minutes.
This post is sponsored by Iceland Foods. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Little Sunny Kitchen happen. All opinions are my own.