Salt-Roasted Prawns with Basil Pesto

August 2, 2012 by Kenmore

Salt roasting adds a unique flavor to this shrimp recipe. You can use your food processor to create your own basil pesto to accompany it.


preparation time
0 mins

cook time




1.5 cup fresh basil leaves fully packed

0.33 cup Parmigiano Reggiano freshly grated

0.33 cup extra virgin olive oil

0.25 cup pine nuts toasted

0.5 teaspoons lemon zest

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 large clove garlic peeled

0.5 teaspoons kosher salt

3 cup rock salt (can substitute kosher salt)

1 pounds medium prawns or shrimp in their shells


Make Basil Pesto

Preheat oven to 550°F. Place all ingredients in a food processor. Process until mixture forms a smooth paste. Add more olive oil if you prefer a thinner sauce. Pour into a small bowl for serving and garnish with a basil leaf.

Cook Shrimp

Spread salt over bottom of a 10-inch gratin dish or other shallow ovenproof dish. The salt should be about three quarters of an inch thick. Place prawns on their sides in a single layer in the salt, pushing down slightly to partially bury them. Roast until prawns are pink, 3-5 minutes. Remove baking dish from oven.


Nestle the small bowl of pesto into the center of the baking dish with the prawns and salt around it.


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