This grilled prawns recipe is a popular dish in Japan and Taiwan. Prawns are small shrimp that have been grilled on skewers or grilled with teriyaki sauce. The taste of grilled prawns is sweet, salty, and umami all at once! Japanese grilled prawns can be served as an appetizer or main course. Serve them with rice to soak up the delicious teriyaki sauce or eat them by themselves as finger food!
Prawns, also known as shrimp, make for a delicious meal and are incredibly versatile in any cuisine you cook them in, especially Japanese cooking! These prawns are marinated in a sweet and tangy teriyaki marinade and then grilled until they are crispy and sticky-sweet!
They are super simple to make and, not to mention, incredibly delicious.
Why You Will Love These Grilled Prawns
These delicious grilled prawns coated in a Japanese teriyaki sauce are tasty and healthy dish- perfect for any occasion! The sweet soy sauce flavour goes perfectly with the prawns and gives them a nice Asian flavour and gets rid of that fishy taste. This is a great dish to cook for a BBQ on Australia day, or for any other occasion, and even just for a regular dinner at home!
Teriyaki sauce is one of the most well-known and popular Japanese food creations and prawns (or shrimp) are always associated with Australians since that famous saying “throw another shrimp on the barbie” was spoken in an ad. This ad was so long ago (before I even moved to Australia!) but people still remember it for some reason.
When I first heard it, I didn’t realize “barbie” meant barbeque; once you live in Australia for a while though, you’ll realize Australians shorten every word.
So this dish is a sort of hybrid of two iconic foods from the two countries I call home, so it’s really perfect as a celebration dish for me on Australia day. These prawns will also go perfectly with the sushi cake I am making for the day.
Ingredients In Teriyaki Prawns
There are basically four easy ingredients in this recipe. They are all in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here is a little more information about them.
- Prawns: I suggest using jumbo or large prawns. The bigger the better! Small cocktail ones can work too, but the larger ones will retain more of the marinade.
- Teriyaki Sauce: The sauce used for these prawns is great because it’s an authentic Japanese recipe that I learnt from my mom and grandma, not the bottled teriyaki sauce that you can buy from shops, which has loads of preservatives and sugar! It’s an easy and simple teriyaki sauce recipe for really delicious Japanese teriyaki grilled prawns!
- Spices: Use both garlic and ginger to give the prawns a kick of flavor. They don’t need much, and the ginger adds a refreshing zing to them.
- Garnish: The garnishes are always optional. I suggest adding some scallions and a few slices of lime on top.
3 Tips To Make The Perfect Grilled Teriyaki Prawns
Here are some tips that will help you make the perfect teriyaki prawns every single time.
- Make sure you throughly clean the prawns before using. I recommend rinsing out the shrimp and devaining them before cooking.
- The longer you marinate the shrimp, the bolder the flavor will be. Let them marinate for as little as 20 minutes or as long as overnight.
- You can make these prawns on the stovetop as I did, use an indoor grill, or put them on skewers and cook them on an outdoor grill. No matter how you cook them, they always turn out delicious!
What To Serve With Grilled Prawns
These prawns tasted great along with a Kirin Fuji Apple Cider and they’ll taste great with beer too, so it’s perfect for an Australia day gathering!
You can also serve them with some white rice and veggies (like this sauteed shungiku) to make a healthy Japanese dinner.
No matter what you serve it with or what occasion you make it for, it’ll be great and I hope you enjoy making it!
Before I get to the recipe card at the bottom of this post, here are some questions people often have about teriyaki prawns.
How do you store leftover grilled prawns?
Store leftover grilled prawns in an airtight food storage container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to 4 days.
What are some ways to use leftover grilled prawns?
Use these prawns in your favorite stir fry recipe. Or, wrap them in a piece of lettuce and enjoy a gluten-free lunch wrap.
Do I need to devein the shrimp?
Yes, you should always check the shrimp and devein them before you cook them. You can always buy deveined shrimp to save yourself time.
If you enjoyed this teriyaki grilled prawns recipe, here are some more Japanese chicken recipes you might want to try next. They are some of my favorites!
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Teriyaki Grilled Prawns
- 500 g Prawn/Shrimp
- 1/3 cup of Basic Teriyaki Sauce
- 1/2 tbsp crushed garlic
- 1/2 tbsp grated ginger
- Shallots and lime for garnish
- Wash and prepare the prawns/shrimp.
- Put the teriyaki sauce, garlic, and ginger in a ziplock bag.
- Add the prawns/shrimp and coat the sauce well, zip it and leave it in the fridge for 20 minutes to marinate.
- Heat some olive oil in a skillet over high heat then once heated, add the marinated prawns and grill until browned.
- Remove the prawns from the frying pan, and add the sauce from the ziplock bag of marinade.
- Cook for a few minutes until the sauce is reduced a bit then turn off heat.
- Serve the prawns over some rice and pour the teriyaki sauce on top.
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