These are tastier than anything I've ever eaten in a restaurant, and, better still, can be made a few hours ahead of your guests arriving. The recipe can be easily adjusted to feed less or more as required. The quantities given here are for a main course. I would normally serve this with steamed rice. This recipe is adapted from English food writer, Delia Smith.
- Remove prawn heads and peel prawns, leaving tails intact.
- 'Butterfly' prawns by turning them on to their backs and, working from the tail, use a small, sharp knife to slit them almost in half lengthwise.
- Press down lightly with your hand to flatten them slightly.
- Remove and discard the 'vein' located along the length of the cut.
- Place the prawns in a single layer into a buttered baking dish.
- Now, simply combine the melted butter, garlic, lemon rind and juice, 1 tablespoon of the chopped parsley and a good pinch or two of black pepper and pour evenly over the prawns in the baking dish.
- At this stage, the dish can be covered with plastic wrap and kept in the fridge until you are ready to cook it.
- To cook, preheat oven to 230°C (450°F).
- Place the baking dish on the highest shelf of the oven.
- Cook prawns for 5-8 minutes, or until pink.
- The prawns will take more like 7-8 minutes to cook if they have been prepared earlier and chilled.
- To serve, sprinkle lightly with salt and with the reserved parsley.