California Spot Prawns with Thai Seasoning

California Spot Prawns with Thai Seasoning

California Spot Prawns with Thai Seasoning

3 1/2 T. fresh lime juice

2 T. grapeseed or vegetable oil

2 T. light brown sugar

2 kaffir lime leaves or 1-inch-wide strips of lime zest

1 stalk of lemongrass, bottom 6 inches only, peeled and minced

1 T. minced fresh ginger

1 tsp. Asian fish sauce

16 large California spot prawns or shrimp (about 1 pound), shelled and deveined

1/2 medium seedless cucumber, peeled and coarsely shredded

1/2 C. plain whole-milk yogurt

1 tsp. minced shallot

1/4 tsp. ground coriander

Pinch of cayenne pepper

2 small garlic cloves, minced

2 T. finely chopped mint

3 T. very finely chopped cilantro

1 tsp. finely grated lime zest

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 Charentais melon or 1/2 cantaloupe, rind removed, melon sliced 1/2 inch thick

2 Hass avocados

3 T. minced red onion

1/2 tsp. minced hot chile


In a medium bowl, combine 2 T. of the lime juice with the grapeseed oil, brown sugar, lime leaves, lemongrass, ginger and fish sauce. Add the shrimp and toss, then refrigerate for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, squeeze the cucumber to remove as much liquid as possible. Transfer to a small bowl and add the yogurt, shallot, coriander, cayenne, half of the minced garlic, 1 T. of the mint, 1 T. of the cilantro and 1/2 tsp. of the lime zest. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate for 1 hour. In a medium bowl, toss the melon slices with 1/2 T. of the lime juice and the remaining 1 T. of mint and 1/2 tsp. of lime zest; season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until chilled. In another medium bowl, mash the avocados with the onion, chile and the remaining garlic, 1 T. of lime juice and 2 T. of cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Preheat a grill. Drain the shrimp well. Grill over high heat, turning once, until browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a platter and serve with the yogurt sauce, melon and avocado puree.

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