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Wild banana prawns chermoula with lemon and coconut tahini

Prep time
0 mins
Cooking Time
45 mins


  • 1 kg raw MSC certified banana prawns, shelled with tails left intact, deveined
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

For the Chermoula

  • 2 large handfuls of flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 large handfuls of coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 large handfuls of mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1⁄2 red onion, finely chopped
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

For the Lemon–coconut tahini

  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1 cup coconut cream 
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne paper 
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon smoked paprika

To serve

  • basil leaves
  • lemon rind 
  • extra-virgin olive oil 
  • sea salt
When shopping for sustainable seafood, look for the MSC blue fish tick label to be sure.

The MSC blue fish tick


  1. To make the chermoula, combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Spoon two-thirds of the chermoula into a zip-lock bag, add the prawns, seal and shake well to coat, then transfer to the fridge and leave to marinate for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, for the lemon–coconut tahini, blend all the ingredients together in a food processor until nice and smooth.
  4. Heat the oil on a barbecue plate over high heat until smoking. Add the prawns and cook for 2 minutes, then turn and cook for a further minute, until the prawns have just changed colour. (You want them to be very slightly underdone at this point as they will continue to cook for a few moments after being removed from the barbecue.)
  5. Generously smear some lemon–coconut tahini on a serving platter and arrange the prawns on top. Scatter over some basil leaves and lemon rind, drizzle with olive oil and season well.

Serving suggestion

Host the ultimate summer BBQ with this simple yet delicious dish using MSC Certified banana prawns. Try this quick, easy and tasty wild banana prawn dish with lemon & coconut tahini.