Jalapeno Garlic Grilled Prawns

With just a few short weeks left until the end of summer, I thought I would share a recipe perfect for an end of the summer BBQ. Quick, easy, tasty and spicy, these Jalapeno Garlic Grilled Prawns just scream summer. And not to mention, they were a saving grace for me on a recent diet experiment.

In my last post, I was super excited because I could finally eat dairy again. It was an excitement that was short lived because just a few days after that, my doctor suggested that I try a 30 day Paleo diet to help cleanse my system. For those of you that do not know, a Paelo diet consists of meat, veggies and a few fruits. That means no dairy, no grains, no wheat and no added sugar. When my doctor told me about it my first thought was “well that sounds lame” But she showed me NomNomPaleo’s blog and there were quite a few ideas on there that made me think the diet would be alright.

So on August 1st it began. I went to the grocery store. Bought more meat, veggies and fruit then I’d ever bought before and started my diet. All was good for a few days. I was experimenting with different veggies and meats. But then I got hungry. Really hungry. And when I get really hungry, I get really cranky. I was eating and eating but could not stay full. I quickly realized that it wasn’t the diet for this nursing mama. I was simply not getting enough calories. I lasted 6 days. On day 7 I had a burger, fries and a coke. And they never tasted so good.

The diet wasn’t all bad though. I did develop a few recipes that were actually really good. Like these grilled prawns. They are marinated in a mixture of jalapenos, garlic, olive oil, cumin, lime and salt.  I served them on top of a grilled, grass-fed, steak and lots of sauteed spinach. It was a scrumptious dinner. Next time I make it though, I’m adding a loaded baked potato.

Jalapeno Garlic Grilled Prawns Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 jalapeno, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pound large prawns, peeled and deveined



If you are using wooden skewers, begin soaking them in water to prevent burning on the grill.


Combine jalapeno, garlic, olive oil, lime juice, salt and cumin together in a food processor. Process until well blended.


Place prawns in a bowl. Pour jalapeno garlic mixture over the top. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.


Skewer 5 - 6 prawns per skewer. Pour any remaining mixture over the prawns. Grill over medium heat 3 - 4 minutes or until prawns are pink and cooked through. Serve immediately.



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    Shut Up & Cook
    August 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I love nothing better than really great prawns done well….this diet doesn’t sound so bad if you got to eat this all the time! Missed you out and about around town at all the foodie events…hope to see you again soon.

    • Reply
      August 24, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Stephen-I’ve heard that about the diet too. Never again!
      Shutup&cook- little dude has made it difficult to come out but hopefully soon!

  • Reply
    August 23, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Read the Wikipedia entry about Paleo and some of the citations referred to therein. Pay particular attention to the word “fad.” And to think that a “doctor” recommended this to you!!

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