Butterfly Prawns with Basil Recipe

Butterfly Prawns with Basil picture


Preparation Time5 MinCooking Time30 Min
Ready In35 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexHealthyServings6
MethodMain Ingredient
Interest Group


 King prawn in shells1 Pound (Uncooked, 500 Gram)
 Salad leaves6 Ounce (175 Gram, E.G. Frise, Lambs' Lettuce, Rocket, Batavia)
 Cherry tomatoes4 Ounce, halved (125 Gram)
 Basil sprigs2 , leaves removed from stems and roughly torn (Fresh)
 Mayonnaise1 Tablespoon (For Serving)
For marinade
 Lemon juice3 Tablespoon
 Light olive oil3 Tablespoon
 Garlic1⁄2 Clove (2.5 gm), crushed
 Chopped fresh basil1 Tablespoon
 Salt To Taste
 Pepper To Taste

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 152 Calories from Fat 91

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 10 g15.7%

Saturated Fat 1.5 g7.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 1.8 mg0.6%

Sodium 90.6 mg3.8%

Total Carbohydrates 4 g1.3%

Dietary Fiber 1.3 g5.1%

Sugars 1.6 g

Protein 12 g24.2%

Vitamin A 37.3% Vitamin C 29.2%

Calcium 5.6% Iron 5.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. Preheat grill to 350 degrees C.

2. Prepare the prawns by removing their heads, cutting them lengthwise with the help of scissors or a small knife almost in halves retaining the tail intact.
3. In a large shallow dish place them in a single layer and keep aside.
4. Make marinade in a small bowl by mixing lemon juice, light olive oil, crushed garlic, chopped basil, salt and pepper and pour over the prawns.
5. Cover the dish and let it marinate for about 1 hour turning the prawns occasionally.
6. On a rack over a grill pan arrange the prawns in a single layer and cook in the preheated grill for about 3-4 minutes such that the prawns curl or butterfly and turn bright pink in color.

7. On a serving platter or individual plates spread salad leaves and cherry tomatoes and scatter torn basil leaves.
8. On the salad arrange the hot butterfly prawns and serve.
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