Tahitian Coconut Vanilla Prawns

"From Tahiti French Polynesia Oceania"
photo by Nif_H photo by Nif_H
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Ready In:


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 900 g raw prawns, peeled (2lb)
  • 120 m dark rum (4 fl. oz)
  • 240 m double cream (8 fl.oz)
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthwise
  • 180 ml . coconut milk (6 fl.oz)
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan add the prawns and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until they turn pink.
  • Remove them from the pan and set aside and wipe the pan clean with kitchen paper.
  • Add the rum and the vanilla pod to the frying pan, bring to the boil and reduce down to about 2 tablespoons.
  • Stir in the cream and coconut milk, and reduce the mixture by half.
  • Scrape seeds out of the vanilla pod into the cream mixture and discard pod.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Return the prawns to the sauce and cook for 1 minute, stirring.
  • Serve immediately over cooked rice.

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  1. Nif_H
    It was worth paying $3 for the vanilla bean! This tasted delicious and the fresh vanilla had a lot to do with it. I made this recipe as listed BUT I cooked a chicken breast and added it to the sauce at the end for my picky boy. He really liked it! I also had no idea what double cream is so I grabbed some 10% fat cream. Apparently that had only about 1/4 the amount of fat as double cream!!! It still turned out great though! We had this with brown basmati rice topped with toasted coconut. Delicious! Made for ZWT7. Thanks Annacia! :)
  2. Baby Kato
    Wow, was this good. I really enjoyed this special dish. It was quick and easy to make with spectacular flavor. I used your Vanilla Oil recipe to cook the shrimp. It worked beautifully in this dish. The shrimp were delicious, perfectly cooked with a lovely blanket of sauce. The flavor of the sauce was outstanding. All the ingredients blended beautifully together to create a memorable meal. Thanks for sharing Anna. Made for ZWT7 for Witchin Kitchen.



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