Saturday, June 18, 2011

Madagascar Prawns with Wild Rice & Spiced Oil

Recently got my mitts on whole Madagascar prawns.  The flavor of the flesh is fantastic, one of the most naturally sweet I've ever tasted.  I know the head is not everyone's cup of tea, however, if you are willing to "suck the head", there is amazing flavor to be savored.

I am back again with my edible garden concept.  It provides a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.  Ultimately presentation is there for 15 seconds, it is flavor that holds the memory.  With that said, always try to find new ways to engage and enlighten your guests.  A simple but whimsical presentation helps you get there.

The crucial component of this dish is the spiced oil.  Made with good quality Spanish olive oil, pink peppercorns, coriander seeds, sesame seeds, vanilla beans and star anise.  It acts as a "dressing" for your edible garden.  Do not forget it.


Wild Rice & Rock Salt "Soil"

Organic Frisee & Edible Flowers

Madagascar Prawn with Basil Puree

Generous Drizzle of Spiced Oil

Madagascar Prawn with Wild Rice & Spiced Oil

For the Spiced Oil:
1 cup Spanish olive oil
3 tbs pink peppercorns
2 tbs coriander seeds
6 star anise pods
3 vanilla beans - seeds only
1 tbs sesame seeds

Combine all the ingredients in a blender.  Blend until smooth.  Set aside to infuse.

For the Basil Puree:
1 bunch basil - leaves only
2 tbs sunflower seeds - raw & unsalted
1 garlic clove
4 tbs grapeseed oil

Toast the sunflower seeds in a dry pan over medium-low heat.  Toast until fragrant.  Do not burn.

Combine in a food processor the sunflower seeds, basil, garlic, and oil.  Season with sea salt and white pepper.  Pulse until pureed.

In the pan, heat the puree over low heat for 5 minutes.  Check for seasoning.  Remove from heat.

That's it for now...until we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. What an amazing creature you found. Nearly a lobster! I don't think I've seen one up north. I can surely see using this technique though! The spiced oil is really remarkable, Lazaro. I can imagine it is good even on plain shrimp or lobster. Gorgeous looking dish. You are really masterful with these combinations!

  2. I would be jumping for joy if I saw a Madagascar prawn. Hope you have a wonderful Father's day Lazaro.

  3. this is so genius and extremely sophisticated. i love the spiced oil the best, I think. the flowers add a great contrast and nice touch. i don't eat shrimp but ud tempt me with this!

  4. Definitely my kind of food, Laz! I'm a huge fan of Prawns. I'm still trying to find edible flowers here in S'pore :< Been having them in restaurants & really like to use them in my cooking!

  5. A beautiful dish and presentation, Laz! You know how I am in love with prawns so I know exactly what you mean by amazing flavour by sucking the head. Sometime I will save the head for soups if I don't use the whole prawn in my dish. Another wonderful and delicious spending dish, my friend.

  6. I love what you've done with this edible garden Laz, I've heard of these prawns, they are quite famous little creatures in the cheffy world aren't they but have never cooked with them. Interesting stuff :)

  7. Nice edible garden, Laz! Presentation IS very important, and you certainly take it to the next level (no parsley spring for you, that's for sure!). Are Madagascar prawns really that large?? A couple of those are a whole meal - even if you don't "suck the head" ;)

  8. Lazaro it is a work of art and it should be framed....

  9. Hi Lazaro - I adore this dish. I'm working on an entire meal with edible flowers for this weekend. And, as you saw, I just recently paired pink peppercorns with Copper River Salmon.
    Pink Peppercorns + Seafood = Match!
    I must make your infused oil!!
    P.S. What flowers did you use?

  10. I've never had Madagascar prawns but I'd definitely be willing to give them a try! Love how you used them in this dish, your edible gardens are always beautiful!

  11. Gorgeous plating the dish looks and sounds amazingly delicious. Thank so much for sharing, yum! =]

  12. Sunning dish Laz! And I am crazy for this spiced oil you have here...
    delightful all the way around :)Hope you are having an amazing week

  13. In my opinion it looks very good and i`m sure that it tastes delicious. I think it is not a very easy recipe, but i will give it a try. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  14. A very good afternoon to you Lazaro.
    Your photos are bursting with colour and look superb.
    I was researching Madagascan prawns for my foodblog and came across yours.
    You are to be congratulated.
    Kind regards


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