If you believe Christmas Day is incomplete without seafood then this Prawn Salad recipe is for you.

In our family, prawns are a must-have feature every Christmas. Usually we serve them fresh with wedges of lemon but sometimes we deviate from tradition and try something a bit different… and this salad hit the spot!

The flavours in the glaze were so fresh and we could imagine replacing prawns with any other seafood [in fact, Bel thought it could taste great with chicken too!].

We loved this Asian take on an Aussie classic and were rapt with how gorgeous the salad looked laid out on a big platter. Serious wow factor!

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Jamie Oliver's Sticky Barbecued Prawn Salad


  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 1/2 a bunch of fresh basil
  • 12 large unpeeled raw Aussie banana prawns
  • 1 lemon
  • olive oil
  • 75ml sweet chilli sauce
  • 8 thin slices of focaccia bread
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes
  • 1 handful of ripe mixed-colour cherry tomatoes
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lime
  • extra virgin olive oil


1. Light the barbecue and prepare a hot side and a cool side. Meanwhile, prep all the ingredients so you’re ready to go: peel and finely slice 3 of the garlic cloves and slice the spring onions diagonally into 1cm pieces. Halve, deseed and chop the chilli, then pick the basil leaves and finely chop the stalks. Pull off and discard the little legs from the underside of the prawns. Halve the lemon.

2. When you’re ready to cook, place a heatproof pan over a high heat. Add a splash of oil, the garlic and spring onions and cook for a few seconds until sizzling and smelling great, then add the chilli and basil stalks. After a minute or so, add the chilli sauce and a splash of water, then cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until thickened and reduced, stirring regularly. Place on the cool side of the grill until needed.

[FULL DISCLOSURE – we did this on our gas cook top inside as we weren’t confident using the BBQ for this part!]

Jamie Oliver's Sticky Barbecued Prawn Salad

3. Toast the focaccia slices on both sides until crisp and golden. Halve the remaining garlic clove and rub all over the toasted focaccia, then keep warm until needed. Slice the tomatoes into random chunks, and halve and quarter the cherry tomatoes, then place in a bowl. Drizzle with the balsamic and toss to coat. Halve and destone the avocados, slice the flesh and place in a bowl, then squeeze over the lime juice and toss together.

Drizzle the prawns with oil and place on the hot side of the barbecue along with the lemon, cut-side down. Grill for around 4 minutes on each side, or until crisp on the outside and cooked through – the exact timing will depend on how hot your barbecue is, so use your instincts and keep a close eye.

Jamie Oliver's Sticky Barbecued Prawn Salad

4. Place the garlicky focaccia onto a nice serving platter. Arrange the tomatoes and avocado on top. Drizzle everything with a little extra virgin olive oil. Once cooked, transfer the prawns to the pan of glaze using tongs, then squeeze in the grilled lemon (making sure to avoid adding the pips). Toss a couple of times to coat, then carefully add to the top of the salad, drizzling the excess sauce in and around the platter. Tear over the basil leaves, then serve.

Jamie Oliver's Sticky Barbecued Prawn Salad


If you have any leftover focaccia, why not try making your own croutons? Tear into thumb-sized pieces, spread out on a try and place in the bottom of a cooling over to dry out overnight. They’re great for sprinkling over all kinds of salads and soups.  Add extra flavour by tossing with woody herbs, garlic and chilli beforehand.


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  1. Narelle Rock Reply

    I love crispy skinned Atlantic Salmon on a bed of sweet mashed potato, green beans and topped with hollondaise sauce.

  2. I totally adore Simple Garlic Prawns on a bed of rice is very nice!

  3. Ineedacoffee Reply

    My partners is a fresh caught snapper, wrapped in foil on BBQ or in a smoker
    Me? Im allergic

  4. linguine al granchio – probably because I only ever eat it when I’m in a restaurant

  5. Bec D'owney Reply

    Barramundi’s my favourite dinner party fish, In Thai
    marinade, my signature dish! Sizzle in oil and gently cook, Simply add nam jim
    and everyone’s hooked!

  6. honey prawns is the dish I love when im in a hurry. its quick easy and an absolutely delicious crowd pleaser

  7. A rich bouillabaisse is heaven. The lightly cooked fish melts in the mouth, the stew – mopped up with bread – is a revelation.

  8. Definatley love som macadamia and manuka honey crusted barramundi mmm

  9. Deliciously nutritious seafood inspired paella enlightens a wondrous world of beautifully intrinsic freshness, diversely cultured creativity and luxuriously gourmet entertaining to truly warm hearts.

  10. Andieharrie Reply

    Crispy skin salmon with lime n chilli dressing served with baby spinach, snow pea and feta salad

  11. Ingrid Robertson Reply

    See food and eat it! I’m not at all fussy (just a bit of a glutton)

  12. Rebecca Costa Reply

    I love the yummy special homemade battered fish we get from our elderly neighbour sometimes. So lucky to have her, she going to teach me soon how she makes the special batter.

  13. My husband makes a beautiful seafood dish using prawns. It is a rice dish that has fresh prawn stock added gradually, with a whole bunch of herbs and prawns. Similar to a risotto but the texture is stunning and the taste is divine. I’ve told him on numerous occassions to apply for Masterchef because he’s a great cook and makes some really delicious meals.
    Michelle V

  14. Carly Grace Smith Reply

    I love plain old fresh prawns dipped in seafood sauce! Yummo!

  15. My all time favourite recipie involves taking seaweed and filling it up with a range of goodies! I like to use corn, tomatoes, grapefruit, snap peas, lemon juice and lets not forget the salmon of course! Voila you have the perfect dinner wraps!

  16. For summer, I enjoy salmon marinated in a coconut and red curry sauce, cooked on the BBQ and then just a sprinkle of kaffir lime to finish. It tastes delicious!

  17. Rhonda Lockery Reply

    I love Garlic King Prawns every way you can have them , on there own , in a salad or curried all are fantastic

  18. Kristie Cubbin Reply

    I make a delicious Thai inspired Seafood curry. It’s simply a fresh curry paste with lime and coconut cream add seafood of choice and serve over baby spinach leaves. YUM!

  19. stacey coppin Reply

    I just love garlic prawns, salt and pepper calamari and fish cooked any way. Seafood is the best!

  20. Sonia El-Sheikh Reply

    I love a seafood platter! it has a bit of everything yum! 🙂

  21. Aimee Tatham Reply

    You can’t go past a oldie but goodie…a prawn cocktail! goes down a treat, my tummy always ready to greet!

  22. Summer Hinaki McDade Reply

    One of my family favourite, CREAMED PAUAS (Abalone) butter, onions melted and cooked til onions clear add fresh diced tenderised abalone, cook through then add cream cook through on simmer and then thicken with a lil conflour/water

  23. Cereal Prawns – its a mixture of nestum, chilli, curry leaves etc – yummy!

  24. Tina Clausen Reply

    Being from Denmark I love freshly caught flounder, crumbed and served with a white parsley sauce and baby potatoes.

  25. seared scallops with lime and chilli, delicious on their own or with fresh salad

  26. I love prawns (rolled in ginger and five spice) with fresh shallots and chilis 🙂 so yummy….

  27. squid tubes stuffed with rice and cooked in our homemade spicy tomato sauce

  28. Simple smoked salmon with cream cheese atop of a fresh, crusty french baguette! Seasoned with plenty of cracked pepper and a few chives! Deeelish!

  29. Stephanie H Beauchamp Reply

    My mums pizza, from scratch from the dough to the sauce and the mango salsa that tops the chilli prawns, yummo!

  30. sars_angelchik Reply

    Crunchy whitebait with aioli and beer battered thick cut chips

  31. Mandie Cowley Reply

    I seafood and eat it, don’t like seafood at all so no favorite dish.

  32. Emily Fletcher Reply

    Bourbon-Glazed Salmon served with white rice and a huge bowl of Mussels in Tomato-Wine Broth as a side dish to share its amazing and mouth watering.

  33. staceyshailer Reply

    Garlic and chilli linguine with prawn and Morten Bay bugs

  34. Helen Hamilton Reply

    I am super simple in taste, my favourite is to freshly crack South Australian Rock Lobster and drizzle it with lemon juice and pop it in some beautiful fresh crusty bread. Yummy!!!

  35. Terry Mashford Reply

    My favourite is a Seafood Platter as I love everything seafood, but it has to be with a nice white wine.

  36. Samala Cambridge Reply

    Can anything beat a fresh seafood platter! A variety of everything tasty and simple!

  37. carolineavard Reply

    I love prawns, but hubby has to peel them cause im hopeless at peeling them..:)

  38. James Pizzey Reply

    fresh large tiger prawns have been trying farmed they are just as good and a bit cheaper

  39. Caz Ricardo Reply

    My 11yo and I just love simple oven baked Salmon, with lemon and pepper!

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