Beer braised prawns with louisiana salsa and rice

  • For the rice and salsa
  • 10g garlic, finely chopped
  • 135g celery heart, chopped
  • 50g green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 110g red onion, chopped
  • 10g fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 55g unsalted butter
  • 300g white rice
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 90g jalapeno chilli peppers, very thinly sliced
  • 300g grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 lime
  • For the prawns
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 kg large prawns, deveined, tail-on
  • 1 tbsp seafood seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
  • 15ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 60ml hot sauce
  • 375ml beer
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 50g spring onions, thinly sliced on an angle
  • 1 lime
For the rice and salsa:

1) In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, celery, peppers, onions and thyme. Heat a medium pot with the butter over medium heat. Add about 1/3 of the vegetables to the pot, saute 2 to 3 minutes, add rice and toss around for 1 to 2 minutes more. Stir in the chicken stock and cover pot, bring to a boil. Simmer rice 15 to 18 minutes until tender, fluff with fork and season with salt and pepper.

2) Combine remaining vegetables with red chilli peppers and tomatoes and dress with the juice of 1 lime. Season with a little salt.

For the prawns:

1) Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high to high heat. Add prawns and season with seafood seasoning, Worcestershire and hot sauce. Toss prawns for about 2 minutes then add beer, reduce heat to simmer and braise 5 to 6 minutes.

2) Cut butter into small bits and melt into sauce then add in scallions. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime over the pan.

To finish:

Serve prawns in shallow bowls, top with a generous scoop of rice and garnish with generous spoonfuls of salsa. If you prefer lots of rice to a little bit of seafood, reverse the order and fill bowl with rice, top with prawns and salsa.

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