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Australian Christmas Prawns and Aioli

Prawns and Aioli


"It’s not an Australian summer, or Christmas, unless there are prawns on the table. Steaming prawns keeps the delicate sweetness of the prawns with a lovely texture. We’ve served them here with home-made aioli - it’s incredibly simple to make, and makes for the perfect sauce to swipe those plump prawns through. Add a drizzle of lemon and it’s a very good time."



Recipe, photography and introduction by Harriet Davidson



Approx 20 large king prawns

(abundance is always the way to go at this time of year!)



2 whole eggs and 1 egg yolk

1 tsp salt

1 garlic clove

200ml grapeseed oil

400ml olive oil



Ice to fill Medium or Large Styleware Nesting Bowl

1-2 Lemons cut into cheeks




Bring a pot of water to the boil and place your steamer inside the pot. Place prawns onto steamer and steam for 5-7 minutes depending on the size of your prawn. Have a bowl of salted ice-cold water ready to place the prawns in as soon as they’re done. To check if they’re ready, break the head of the prawns and make sure the flesh is completely white. Repeat in batches until all prawns are cooked. Remove head and shell, leaving the tail on. Using a sharp knife, slice down the spine and remove any dirt from the intestine of the prawns – you might want to run them under cold water.



Break eggs into a food processor with salt and garlic. Turn onto high speed and let eggs combine for a moment before slowly drizzling in grapeseed oil with a steady stream. The eggs and oil will start to thicken. Do the same with the olive oil.


Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking – you might want to add a dash more salt or garlic. Place in bowl and refrigerate until serving.


To serve, fill your Medium or Large bowlwith ice and place prawns over the ice. Spoon aioli into one of your Extra Small bowls and serve with lovely cheeks of lemon.


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