In the spirit of Good Friday and sticking to my parents tradition (and somewhat of my own), I took the opportunity to make something new and exciting. Growing up my brother and I used to dowse fish in tomato sauce or insist the fillets were bread-crumbed just so we could eat it. Dial ahead 12 years and I am finally in a position where I a) enjoy fish and b) can repay my parents by cooking for them … albeit with a little more culinary bravery this time.
The prawns are cooked in a lime sugar syrup, then layered between crunchy golden Wanton sheets and topped with a cucumber, tomato and avocado salsa. The prawns and salsa are fresh, light and sweet and just what you need to offset the richness of the wanton wrappers on each layer. For those that are a little more adventurous, have a go at popping a few chili slices on top as well for that extra punch of flavour.
Cooking skill: Beginner/Intermediate cooks
- 18 Wanton sheets
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and diced
- 3cm piece ginger, peeled and diced
- 1/3 coriander (fresh is best but dried is also fine)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 600g prawns, peeled and de-veined
- 2 tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 small cucumber, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 small avocado, finely chopped
- 2tsp lime juice
- Add enough oil to the pan to shallow fry, about 2cm deep should do. Heat over medium heat, and cook the wanton sheets 2 at a time for 30 seconds or until golden and puffed. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and continue on with the rest of the sheets until all cooked. Set aside.
- Add garlic and ginger to the oil. Cook until golden (should be about a minute). Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and set aside. Add the coriander to the oil, cooking for 30 seconds or until crisp. Transfer to the plate with the garlic and ginger.
- Heat a large pan over high heat. Add the lime juice and brown sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Cook the prawns in batches and stir for 3 minutes or until the prawns change colour. Transfer to a bowl and continue with the batches until all the prawns are cooked.
- In a bowl, combine the chopped tomato, cucumber, avocado and the 2 teaspoons of lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine.
- To serve, place a wanton sheet on the plate. Place two to three prawns on the sheet, drizzle a spoonful of the tomato mixture and a sprinkle of the garlic and ginger mixture. Continue with another wanton sheet, prawns and tomato and garlic mixture. Finish with a wanton sheet and the tomato mixture, and top with a few slices of chili if you choose. Squeeze a lime over the entire stack for an additional pop of flavour!
I served this with squid rings marinated in a bush spice rub and a garden salad, but with the salsa in the stack this dish would be just as good on its own! Fresh, zingy, zesty and creamy…what more could you want from a dish?! Now to sit back with a glass of wine and the comfort of my family…Enjoy!