chermoula prawns borough market london

Chermoula Garlic Prawns with Tomato and Avocado Salsa

An afternoon spent Exploring Borough Market in London inspired me to make this chermoula prawn dish for a light, healthy lunch. Chermoula is a North African dry spice rub, also used as a marinade, that goes beautifully with fish as well and chicken and typically lamb in Moroccan dishes. A mixture of cumin, cinnamon, coriander seeds, chili, sweet paprika, ginger, cayenne, dried parsley and turmeric, this ground up dry rub is bursting with flavour!

I found mine at the Spice Mountain stall

Chermoula, Moroccan Seasoning

Here is a super easy recipe that will make a delicious light lunch or even great as an appetizer. The fresh flavours of the salsa really compliment the fragrant chermoula-garlic-buttery-goodness of the prawns…Delish!

Chermoula Garlic Prawns with Tomato and Avocado Salsa

Serves 4

450g (1lb) Raw large Black Tiger Prawns, peeled and deveigned

3-4 Garlic cloves, minced

1 T Chermoula dry spice

1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 T Butter

3 Tomatoes, diced

1 Ripe avocado, diced

1 Handful fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

2 Spring Onions, finely sliced

2 Lemons, one juiced, one cut into wedges for serving

Salt and Pepper

  • Combine the minced garlic, olivie oil and chermoula in a bowl, add the prawns, season with salt and pepper and mix well coating the prawns evenly
  • Heat the butter in a pan until it starts to turn golden and throw in the prawns
  • Allow to cook for a couple of minutes either side, until the flesh is no longer transluscent and they are slightly browned on the outside – they should smell really fragrant from the chermoula spice and garlic!
  • Meanwhile, mix the tomatoes, avocado, spring onion and half of the chopped cilantro, season with salt and pepper and add a good squeeze of lemon juice
  • When the prawns are ready, finish them off with a squeeze of lemon and sprinkle with the rest of the cilantro
  • Serve with the salsa, an extra lemon wedge, and a cold glass of vino!
  • This also makes a great topping for a salad if you’re missing out on your leafy greens

Bon Appetite!

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