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Japanese Grilled Sake and Wasabi Prawns

Whole prawns are served in Japan to represent long life, while in China prawns are associated with happiness and good fortune.

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 30 minutes
    •    Cook time: 5 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 6


    •    2 tbsps soy sauce
    •    1 tbsp lemon juice
    •    1/4 cup cooking sake
    •    2 tsps S&B wasabi paste
    •    1/3 cup kewpie mayonnaise
    •    toasted sesame seeds, to serve
    •    4 green onions, thinly sliced diagonally
    •    1cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated
    •    1.8kg large green king prawns, peeled, tails intact


  1. Using a sharp knife, cut prawns along back from top to tail (do not cut all the way through). Remove and discard veins and open prawns flat to butterfly.
  2. Combine sake, soy sauce, ginger and half the wasabi in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add prawns. Toss to coat. Cover. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a greased barbecue grill or chargrill pan over high heat. Drain prawns. Discard marinade. Cook prawns, turning, for 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly charred and just cooked through.
  4. Combine mayonnaise, lemon juice and remaining wasabi in a bowl. Season with salt. Place prawns on a serving platter. Sprinkle with green onion and sesame seeds. Serve with wasabi mayonnaise.

This great family recipe is thanks to Taste Recipes at


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