Grilled sesame prawns

A perfect entrée or weekend afternoon snack are these little morsels of seafood goodness.

 Prawns slathered in best foods mayonnaise, given a healthy covering of black and white sesame seeds before being grilled on the BBQ.

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  • 12 Prawns (large such as Tiger or Australian Red)

  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise

  • 1 tbsp white sesame seeds

  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds

Lemon Mayonnaise

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • Salt and pepper


Prepare the prawns by removing the head and shell from the body, leaving the tail section in-tact. Using tweezers find the end of the intestinal tract on the head end of the de-shelled prawn, pinch and pull this tract out from inside the prawn.

Brush prawns with a healthy coating of mayonnaise before rolling it in the mixture of white and black sesame seeds to form a generous coating.

Set up a BBQ grill for 2-zone cooking:

  • Charcoal – heat coals using a chimney, then pour them carefully on to one side of the charcoal grate only, then replace the cooking grate

  • Gas – preheat the grill using the burners on one side of the grill only

Gently place the prawns on to the indirect side of the grill (the side without burners on/hot coals below), then replace the lid.

Cook the prawns indirectly, gently rotating the prawns to ensure a consistent cook all over for around 15 minutes, after which remove prawns from the grill.

For the lemon mayonnaise, mix the ingredients for together in a small bowl or jar, then set aside. 


As the prawns are cooked indirect the length of time to cook can vary based on your individual setup. Its best practice to use an instant read thermometer to ensure you cook to the optimum temperature, which for prawns and other seafood is 57-63*C