Coconut Coated King Prawns

Coconut Coated King Prawns

By 13/03/2012

I do love my prawnies. Sometimes though, especially the pre-cooked ones you get in supermarkets can taste just like rubber, chewy and tasteless.

The problem is, unless you live by the seaside, it is difficult to get fresh prawns. They do deteriorate very quickly so it is probably better to go for frozen ones which they actually get frozen straight on the boat.

Prawns should be washed quickly under cold water and then, if added to a pasta or rice dish, their legs and antennas should be removed as they can be boring especially if you want to serve them with a sauce.

They should not be cooked for too long, depending on how big they are.

On this occasion I have sprinkled them with desiccated coconut to give them a crunchier and tastier flavour. They make a great starter.

  • Prep Time : 15 min + 30 min to marinate minutes
  • Cook Time : 10 minutes


Peel the prawns, trimming the tails only and leaving the heads on.

Once the shell is off, check to see if there is a black line running down the back of the prawn. This is the intestinal tract - if it's black, it's full. It is best to remove it as it can taste bitter.
Using a small, sharp knife, make a shallow cut along the length of the black line, then lift it out using the tip of the knife.

Leave them to marinade for 1/2 an hour in 3 tbsp of olive oil, the chopped parsley, crushed garlic, salt and pepper and lemon juice.

Heat a pan adding a spoon of olive oil and when it is hot lay the prawns on it and sprinkle the coconut on them.
Cook for about 10 minutes until they are golden in colour.

king prawnsWhen cooked dip them in the marinade again, sprinkle with some olive oil and serve them with a green salad.

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21 Responses to Coconut Coated King Prawns

  1. simple baking

    As we live in Mumbai, we've access to freshest of seafood and prawns are family favourite :P. Love the combination of coconut with prawns.

  2. simran

    yum!these looks simply great……….beautiful flavours..the prawn,garlic,coconut and olive oil..superb!

  3. elly

    Questi piatti ti riescono sempre meravigliosi! Complimenti!

  4. Rita

    Great post especially when you live where the fresh ones are rare.Rita

  5. La cucina di Molly

    Che delizia questo piatto di gamberoni! brava, mi piacciono moltissimo!Ciao

  6. Javelin Warrior

    The love the combination of coconut with prawns (or any size shrimp for that matter) – this sound fantastic and easy. And you're so right about using frozen – I live right on the Atlantic and it's still hard for me to find good fresh shrimp…

  7. Recetario Spanglish para mis hijos

    Well, Iยดm really lazy to remove the shell, but after this…. Hmmmm they are wonderful! Much better with coconut! Saludos amiga ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Carmen Anderson

    What a great recipe. I love prawns, but I have never tried coconut with king prawns, it sounds absolutely delicious, i can't wait to try this recipe soon! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. ramya

    wonderful combination of flavours!You are so innovative with seafood,Alida!!

  10. All That I'm Eating

    These look lovely, interesting with the coconut. You made removing the intestine sound very easy!

  11. Catherine

    Dear Alida, What a delicious appetizer. I love this.Blessings my dear, Catherine xo

  12. Pegasuslegend

    Coconut is my favorite shrimp coating! I just love how you made these, simplified, I usually coat and bake, these are much more desireable and your making me crave these right now!

  13. Marina

    Great post, Alida. I love prawns, although we haven't had a good seafood since last year. Thanks for this recipe!

  14. Max

    Che meravigliosa visione mattutina…concordo, quando non รจ possibile averli freschi van bene quelli surgelati, ma non precotti…Complimenti per questo piatto, ciao.

  15. Jasna's kitchen creations

    Thanks for your tips on bying prawns – I learned something today. Love them anyway, but in combination with coconut – adorable!

  16. Gunther

    un bel modo per apprezzare i gamberi :-))

  17. Giovanna

    Anch'io amo i gamberi e questa ricetta dal sapore esotico mi piace molto! :-)))Un bacione

  18. Cakes and Teacups

    This looks yummm…..Alida! Another one of your great recipes!

  19. Marcellina

    These look delicous! I'm lucky to live in a place where prawns are easy to come by.

  20. Suchi

    These prawns look yummy…don't know how I missed this post of yours…:-)

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