Grilled prawns with garlic mayonnaise

Grilled prawns with homemade garlic mayonnaise
Grilled prawns with garlic mayonnaise
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Finger licking good… Spicy seasoned prawns with homemade 'alioli' garlic mayonnaise
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Tapas, Main dish
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 4 persons
Calories 412 kcal


  • grillpan or BBQ
  • hand blender


The prawns:

  • 16 prawns big size
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1 tbl spoon coriander fresh chopped
  • ½ tea spoon chili flakes
  • coarse salt
  • 2 tbl spoon olive oil
  • 1 lemon

The garlic mayonnaise:

  • 1 egg
  • ½ clove garlic
  • 160 ml olive oil
  • ¼ lemon only the juice
  • pinch salt


Prepare the garlic mayonnaise:

  • Garlic: I only use 1/2 clove of garlic because fresh raw garlic can be very pungent and sometimes too spicy.
    The egg: it is best to use this at room temperature, otherwise the mayonnaise may curdle.
    If you have a hand blender, you probably also have the narrow high mixing cup? The idea is that you have a tall cup that is slightly wider than the head of your hand blender.
    Put all the ingredients for the mayonnaise in the cup. Place your hand blender flat on the bottom and start mixing. Keep him still for +/- 1 minute. You will see a stiff mass forming. Then you gently go up and down with the mixer until all the oil has been processed. Spoon the mayonnaise into a container, cover with cling film and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Prepare the prawns:

  • Buy whole king prawns, including head and tail.
    Rinse them under cold water and pat dry. With a knife, make an incision on the back from the head to the tail. Now remove the intestinal tract with a knife or fork.
    Chop the garlic or cut into fine slices. Mix the olive oil with the chilli flakes, garlic, 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander and a pinch of salt.
    Drizzle the prawns with this oil. I make sure that this herbal oil is also in the cut open back by use of a spoon or brush.
  • Now you can grill the prawns on the BBQ or in a grill pan. The cooking time of prawns is short, especially because we cut them open on the back. Turn them over after a few minutes. You will see the skin turn white and the flesh become glossy white. As soon as the flesh no longer appears transparent, they are ready..
  • Serve warm, sprinkle with a little more coarse salt and the rest of the coriander and add a few lemon wedges.


Grilled king prawns with alioli are a delicious and popular Spanish dish. But I also ate them very well in Greece 😉  Gambas, also known as large shrimps, are marinated and grilled. If you do this on the BBQ, you get a delicious smoky taste. But it can also be done in the grill pan. The addition of the alioli, a tasty garlic mayonnaise, as a dipping sauce makes the dish even tastier.
Serve the grilled prawns warm together with the homemade alioli as a dipping sauce, a fresh salad and fresh bread. Garnish with some extra chopped parsley or cilantro and a wedge of lemon for some extra freshness.
Grilled king prawns with alioli are a great tapas option, but can just as well be served as a main course. Enjoy this tasty and simple dish with friends and family! Hasta pronto!


Calories: 412kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 13gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 28gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 474mgPotassium: 161mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 292IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mg
Keyword tapas, spaans gerecht, mediterranean recipe, alioli, grilled prawns, garlic mayonnaise, grilled prawns on the bbq
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