Rica rica prawns

Rica rica prawns

This fiery prawn dish from Northern Sulawesi sees plump prawns cooked in a fragrant, chilli-laced sauce.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Roughly chop the aromatics for the spice paste and blitz all the ingredients together in a blender to a rough paste
  2. Step 2

    Heat the oil in a frying pan or wok and scrape in the spice paste. Fry on a medium heat, stirring often, until it is sweetly fragrant and the harsh, raw edge has gone. Stir in the tomato, spring onion, lime leaves and sugar and cook so the tomato starts to break down to a sauce
  3. Step 3

    Add the prawns and simmer for about 5 minutes, until they lose their glassiness and are just cooked through and pink. Spritz in some lime juice and taste to see if any of the flavours need balancing – add more lime to brighten, or sugar and salt as needed. Serve at once