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Middle Eastern Prawn Skewers

Created by Shaun Whitmore (London, UK)

Recipe uses Chipotle Sauce
Chipotle Sauce
imagePrep Time:
30 minutes
imageCook Time:
5 minutes
Middle Eastern Prawn Skewers
Middle Eastern Prawn Skewers


10 wooden skewers
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp caraway seeds
1 small preserved lemon
5 cloves garlic
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp smoked paprika
10 large whole shrimp (or more if using smaller shrimp)
1 large lemon
0.7 oz cilantro leaves


Set up either a barbecue with direct heat to cook outside, or a heavy griddle pan on high heat to cook inside

Soak the skewers in water for 10 minutes

Toast the cumin and caraway seeds in a pan

Remove the flesh from the preserved lemon

In a food processor or blender, add the garlic, oil, paprika, seeds, preserved lemon flesh and liberal dashes of TABASCO® Chipotle Sauce and then pulse until smooth (it should have an intense aroma and have a spicy, acidic and aromatic flavor) 

Shell and devein your prawns, leaving the heads on. Marinate them in the sauce made above and then leave in the fridge for around an hour

Once the prawns have marinated, skewer them lengthways along the body

Grill the prawns for around 5 minutes until the flesh is caramelized, turning every minute or so

Once cooked, place the prawns on a tray or plate and dress them liberally with further lashings of TABASCO® Chipotle Sauce, olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and the cilantro leaves

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Chipotle Sauce

A smoky, flavorful sauce. Pairs well with any BBQ dish.

Chipotle Sauce