Asparagus Prawn Skewers

In the Kitchen 18/01/2019

This is the ultimate summer recipe, perfect for the BBQ, from our friend Paul Mercurio!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cool time: 5-10 mins
Serves: 8


  • 1 Kilo Shelled Prawns – medium to large size
  • 5 Large Cloves of Garlic mashed with teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ Cup of Olive oil
  • 2/3 Cup of Beer – (a good hoppy American Pale Ale style) 
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 2 Teaspoons each of Coriander and Cumin seeds, toasted and then crushed
  • ½ cup of Fresh Coriander coarsely chopped
  • 1 Thinly Sliced Red Chilli
  • Splash of Soy to Taste
  • Fresh Asparagus Spears one per Prawn


Roughly chop the garlic on a cutting board and then sprinkle the salt over.

Using the flat of a large kitchen knife mash the garlic and salt together until the garlic breaks down into the salt and it all becomes a bit of a paste like consistency.

Rub prawns with garlic and salt mixture and let stand for an hour.

In a small fry pan over high heat add the coriander and cumin seeds and dry toast moving the seeds around so they don’t burn until they start to smoke.

Put the seeds into a mortar and using a pestle crush the seeds.

Combine the olive oil, lime juice, beer, ground spices, onions, chili, soy sauce and coriander in a large bowl and add prawns, coat thoroughly and marinate for an hour or so.

Break the thick ends of the asparagus spears and discard.

Using a sharp knife cut the bottom end of the asparagus on an angle so that it looks like it has a sharp end.

Using a small sharp knife make two incisions or holes in each prawn – one hole through the tail end and one at the head end taking care not to slice open the prawn. When you make these holes, hold the prawn in one hand so it is like a “U”, with the tail being the right side of the “U” and the head being the left.

Assuming you are right handed – Using a small sharp knife with the blade facing down pierce through the right hand side of the tail end through to the left side cutting the hole just big enough so the asparagus can be pushed through.

Turn the prawn around so the head is now on the right side of the ‘U’ and with the blade facing down pierce the prawn to create a hole.

The reason the blade is facing down is so you do not accidently cut up through the tail or head and open it up thereby leaving no hole.

Push one spear of asparagus through the tail hole and then head end hole so the prawn sits in the middle of the spear length.

Return speared prawns to marinade until ready to cook.

Char grill on BBQ until the prawns are cooked basting with the marinade towards the end to caramelize them a little.