Grilled cumin prawns with avocado salsa
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
marinating time
2 hrs
Total Time
18 mins

Grilled cumin prawns are marinated in fresh flavors such as thyme, shallots and smokey cumin. What really makes this dish pop is the fresh avocado salsa accompaniment.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado, prawns
Servings: 4 people
Author: Michelle Barsness
Marinade for prawns
  • 20 - 24 prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp minced shallots (or red onion)
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
Set aside for skewers
  • 1 package cherry tomatoes (about 20)
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon drizzle over cooked prawns
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, torn sprinkle over cooked prawns
Avocado salsa
  • 1 large ripe Hass avocado
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 1 Roma tomato, chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
Kitchen tools
  • 6-8 wooden skewers soaked in water
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine all the ingredients for the marinade. Toss to coat the prawns. Marinate the prawns in the fridge for 2 - 3 hours.

  2. Plan ahead and soak the wooden skewers in water for at least an hour before grilling. Alternate skewering the prawns and cherry tomatoes onto the skewers.

  3. Prepare the avocado salsa before grilling the prawns. Toss all the ingredients for the avocado salsa in a bowl and let it chill in the fridge about 10 - 15 minutes before serving.

  4. Grill the prawns for about 4 minutes per side or until they turn pink. Remove from the grill and drizzle the juice from 1/2 a lemon and the 2 tbsps of fresh torn basil over them. Serve with the avocado salsa immediately.