Grilled Cheese Prawns

Grilled Cheese Prawns

The first time I tried this was in Manhattan Fish Market in Malaysia, they call it Manhattan Flaming Prawns and boy they are amazing, it was love at first sight. It is a simple concoction of prawns where shells are sliced in the middle back side served with cheese melted in front of you using blow torch.

I really missed this dish and I guess the last time I had them was way back in 2006, now I will try to create them at home after I saw some good priced big prawns in the supermarket. I don’t know the recipe but I guess it’s quite easy to guess how they made it and based on the recipe that I came up with it was nearly if not the same flavour I enjoyed before.

Grilled Cheese Prawns
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Serves: 2-3
  • 16 pcs large prawns, shell on
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped parsley
Cheese Sauce
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup mild cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • pinch of dry mustard
  1. Melt butter in saucepan under low heat then add flour, salt, cayenne pepper and dry mustard. Mix well until blended.
  2. Gradually pour milk while constantly stirring, cook until thickened.
  3. Add the cheese and continue to cook until it melts and texture is smooth. Set aside.
  4. Butterfly cut the prawns with skin on, remove any veins then arrange in a baking tray.
  5. Pour cheese sauce on prawns leaving the heads exposed, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese and season with freshly ground black pepper, place on the top most part of a 230C preheated oven. Using the grill setting cook prawns for 5-8 minutes (depending on the prawn size) or until prawns are cooked and cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven, garnish with chopped parsley then serve while hot.


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5 Responses

  1. There’s nothing not to like here – Raymund:-)

  2. This dish is over the top! You know this would have been a really easy dish to make when we lived in Yokohama as I had a fish oven that grills and would get great bubbly cheese

  3. suituapui says:

    Awesome! Can get nice prawns? I found the prawns there rather bland, not nice and sweet like the ones here – dunno why.

  4. mjskit says:

    I can see this dish on my dinner table very soon! That cheese sauces looks awesome!

  5. Maureen says:

    Those prawns are lovely! There is nothing not to love about this dish. I will make this dish once I find good prawns from the market.

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