Prawns in whiskey sauce made in cast-iron skillet

Prawns in whiskey: A tasty shellfish meal with your favourite tipple. Photo by Sushmita Chatterjee on Unsplash

Prawns in whiskey: A tasty shellfish meal with your favourite tipple

If you love flavour, seafood and a bit of whiskey, this recipe is for you. Prawns in whiskey is a different take on a favourite shellfish.

Prawns in whiskey sauce made in cast-iron skillet

Prawns in whiskey: A tasty shellfish meal with your favourite tipple. Photo by Sushmita Chatterjee on Unsplash

Prawns are a favourite shellfish as it’s still delicious but not as expensive as crayfish. Sometimes, fish needs some extra help to infuse loads of great flavour and actually pairs well with something spicy. Our prawns in whiskey is a great meal when you’ve got friends and family over for dinner. The prawns are incredibly tender with a slightly spicy whiskey sauce that will have you cleaning your bowl with some fresh bread.

Prawns in whiskey tips

YOu can clean the prawns as much as you want to but the recipe has the most flavour with the shells and heads still on. When it comes to choosing a whiskey for the recipe, you can experiment because there are so many variations for you. However, be careful of Islay Scotch whiskey as it can be too smokey. You can serve it with rice or fresh bread with some extra sauce for later.

If you love flavour, seafood and a bit of whiskey, this recipe is for you. Prawns in whiskey is a different take on a favourite shellfish.

Prawns in whiskey recipe

3 from 2 votes
Recipe by Gary Dunn Course: MainCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Total time

30

minutes

Ingredients

  • 450 g prawns

  • 4 tbsp butter

  • 4 tbsp oil

  • 2 tbsp onion, finely chopped

  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped

  • 2 tomatoes peeled, seeded & chopped

  • salt

  • freshly ground Black Pepper

  • cayenne pepper

  • 6 tbsp whiskey

  • 6 tbsp dry white wine

  • tsp cornflour

  • 4 tbsp cream

  • 1 pinch dried tarragon

  • 1 egg yolk

Method

  • Melt butter in pan, add oil. Fry onion and garlic gently until transparent.
  • Add prawns, chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste. Cook gently for a few minutes.
  • Pour over 4 tablespoons of whiskey and set alight. Add the white wine and simmer for five minutes. Remove prawns and keep warm.
  • Combine the remaining whisky with cornflour and cream. Add to the liquids in the pan and beat vigorously over high heat until sauce boils.
  • Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat. Add tarragon and pour a bit of the hot sauce over lightly beaten egg yolk. Mix well and then stir egg mixture into the rest of the sauce.
  • Pour over prawns and serve immediately.

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