Smoky prawns with tomato and coriander

Smoky prawns with tomato and coriander
  • Serves icon Serves 2
  • Time icon Hands-on time 40 min

This spicy, Spanish-style starter kicks off a romantic meal in style. Turn up the heat with these smoky prawns in a rich tomato sauce.

Why not keep the Spanish theme throughout your Valentine’s Day meal? Serve chicken with romesco sauce and garlicky greens as a main course, and finish with chilli chocolate churros.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
223kcals
Fat
13.4g (1.9g saturated)
Protein
14.3g
Carbohydrates
11.5g (9.2g sugars)
Fibre
3g
Salt
0.5g
Calories
223kcals
Fat
13.4g (1.9g saturated)
Protein
14.3g
Carbohydrates
11.5g (9.2g sugars)
Fibre
3g
Salt
0.5g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika (pimentón)
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • Splash of red wine vinegar
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 125g raw sustainably sourced peeled king prawns
  • Handful of fresh coriander
  • Sliced green chillies and lemon quarters, to garnish

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or sauté pan, then add the onion. Fry gently for 10 minutes, stirring often, until softened but not coloured, then add the garlic and paprika. Cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, vinegar and sugar, bring to a gentle simmer, season, then cook for 20 minutes, stirring often, until reduced and rich. Set aside until needed (see Make Ahead)
  3. When you’re ready to serve, add the prawns to the pan, stir to coat and cook for 3-4 minutes until just pink. Chop most of the coriander and stir it through with a generous drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil (see tip). Taste and adjust the seasoning. Scatter with the sliced chillies and remaining coriander sprigs, then serve with lemon quarters in a sharing bowl, with plenty of crusty bread to mop up the sauce.

delicious. tips

  1. The extra-virgin olive oil added at the end helps bring out the flavour and improve the texture of this dish, so be generous in your drizzling.

  2. You can store the tomato sauce, without the prawns, for up to 3 days in the fridge and the flavour will improve over that time. Or, freeze the sauce for up to 3 months, then defrost thoroughly. Heat until bubbling, then continue the recipe from step 3.

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