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Coconut Crusted Prawns with Pineapple Salsa 1

Coconut Crusted Prawns with Pineapple Salsa

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 4-5 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Carribean


  • 24 large raw prawn cutlets, cleaned
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup cornflour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¾ cup unsweetened threaded coconut
  • ½ pineapple, cored & finely diced
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp dark rum
  • 1 tsp tamarind (block preferred)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • ¼ red onion, finely diced
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced
  • Small handful mint leaves
  • Small handful coriander leaves
  • Lupi Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Banana leaves, to serve


  1. In a bowl mix the cayenne pepper with the cornflour. Lightly beat the egg in a separate bowl. Place the coconut on a plate or in a bowl.
  2. Dip the prawns in the cornflour, then in the egg, and then in the coconut. Set aside on a tray and chill to allow the crust to set.
  3. Melt the butter and brown sugar in a pan and add the diced pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook for several minutes until the butter and brown sugar form a thick syrup and the pineapple has softened slightly. Add the rum, stir, and allow to cool.
  4. Mix the tamarind pulp with lime juice, the finely diced red onion, and the diced chilli.
  5. Add the cooled pineapple mix and the roughly chopped coriander and mint. Check seasoning.
  6. Heat olive oil in a heavy pan and fry the prawns in batches for a couple of minutes until done and the coating is golden and crispy. Set aside on paper towel while the remaining prawns are fried.
  7. Serve prawns on a banana leaf with the pineapple salsa.