King Prawns with Sweet Potato and Coriander Puree

For a deliciously exotic seafood meal serve up David Massey's pan-fried prawns served with sweet potatoes and a chilli dressing
By David Massey
King Prawns with Sweet Potato and Coriander Puree
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Effort: medium



  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • black pepper
  • handful of finely chopped coriander
  • knob of butter, plus extra for shallow-frying
  • 24 raw Saudi prawns, (or Jumbo or King prawns) peeled and de-veined
  • juice of 1 lemons, to finish

For the chilli vinaigrette:

  • 1-2 Mozambique chillies, soaked for 10 minutes in warm water, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 banana shallot, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 20 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • handful of chopped chives
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 200ÂșC/gas 6.

2. Roast the sweet potatoes whole in their skins for 30-40 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette. Mix together the chilli, shallot, garlic, olive oil, mustard, chives, vinegar and sugar, mixing together well. Set aside to infuse.

4. Scrape out the flesh of the roasted sweet potatoes and mash with a fork to puree. Add salt and pepper to taste, the chopped coriander and a knob of butter and mix together. Keep warm until serving.

5. Heat butter for shallow-frying in a large, heavy-based frying pan. Add the prawns and pan-fry until they turn pink and opaque, a matter of minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper and add a squeeze of lemon juice.

6. Spoon the sweet potato puree onto a serving plate. Arrange the pan-fried prawns around the puree, dress generously with the chilli vinaigrette. Serve at once.

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