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Grilled Prawns with Roasted Garlic-Cilantro Sauce

An Olive Oil Recipe

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Prep Information

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

3-4 minutes


4-6 people


  • 1-1/2 lbs. uncooked prawns
  • Salt and pepper
  • Koroneiki Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Roasted Garlic-Cilantro Sauce:
  • 1 small head garlic, top trimmed off
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tablespoon dry white wine
  • 3 Tablespoons Koroneiki Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons chili sauce (or 1 Tablespoon dry chili flakes)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Peel, devein and rinse the prawns. Pat dry and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until time to grill.
  • Trim off the top of the garlic head but leave the garlic otherwise intact. Brush generously with olive oil. Roast the garlic in the 400 degree oven for about 10-15. Garlic should be slightly tender and fragrant. Remove from oven. Cool and then peel and chop the roasted garlic very finely.
  • In a small bowl, combine the chopped garlic with the other sauce ingredients (cilantro, lime juice, white wine, olive oil and chili sauce). Mix well and set aside.
  • Lightly oil and heat a cast iron grill or griddle to medium high heat. Brush the prawns with a little olive oil and grill on both sides until prawns are pink. You want to achieve some char, but be careful not to overcook prawns or they will be tough.
  • Remove the prawns from the grill to a bowl and coat with the roasted garlic and cilantro sauce. Transfer to a serving plate. Or, you can transfer the grilled prawns to a serving plate and simply add the roasted garlic-cilantro sauce on the side for dipping.
  • Serve with pasta or rice and a nice green salad as a dinner entree or simply serve as a party appetizer.
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