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Shrimp on a stick

Okay, okay – technically, we made this recipe with shrimp and not prawns, but who can resist a little alliteration? This savory appetizer is a takeoff on shrimp scampi, with the superb addition of fresh basil for additional flavor. Instead of the typical scampi sauce (lemon, garlic, and butter), this recipe sacrifices fat but not flavor by using coconut oil, along with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and minced garlic cloves. Shrimp is high in protein, and with this healthy variant of scampi sauce, you won’t think twice about popping two (or three or four or five) in your mouth at a time!

Ingredients to make party prawns

Ingredients to make party prawns

What You Need

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp and 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 lbs large shrimp (I used precooked and deveined, but you can use raw- just adjust cook time accordingly)

What to Do

1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Combine all ingredients except shrimp in a small saucepan and heat, stirring, until the coconut oil liquefies. (It was hot enough outside that my coconut oil was already liquid, so I skipped this step and just mixed in a bowl).

Melted butter

Melted butter

2. Place a layer of shrimp on a cookie sheet or in a casserole dish. Be careful not to overlap.

Prawns laid out on a tray

Prawns laid out on a tray

3. Pour the sauce over the shrimp and warm in the preheated oven for five minutes. If you’re using raw shrimp, cook them for ten or twelve minutes, or until they turn pink.

Prawns in the oven

Prawns in the oven

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