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Spicy Asian Chili Prawns ~ New Orleans Style

February 11th, 2010 · 18 Comments

A video by NOLA.com featuring a recipe by Scott Boswell, Chef/Owner, Stella

While stumbling around the NOLA.com site and their Leisure section, specifically the Food and Recipes category I found this featured video of Chef/Owner Scott Boswell demonstrating the Iron Chef Chili Prawns New Orleans Style.

The ingredients in this recipe are featuring local ingredients with lots of international flair, Gulf coast white shrimp, different parts of Asia, with Korean, Japanese, French, Italian, Creole, Vietnamese, it’s all what they do at Stella today. A lot of global influences and globe trotting flavors in one dish. As complicated as it may sound it is actually a simple recipe. Scott shows you in this video how to create this dish in the embedded video.

The French bread base in this preparation is added to soak up all the flavorful sauce. The thick slice of French bread is cut about 1” thick and on a bias cut, meaning at an angle. It is then coated with olive oil and toasted for just a few minutes before plating this dish.

This appetizer sells on the a la carte menu at Stella for $15.00.

Cooking, New Orleans style! with Chef/owner Scott Boswell of Stella!

The French bread base in this preparation is added to soak up all the flavorful sauce. The thick slice of French bread is cut about 1” thick and on a bias cut, meaning at an angle. It is then coated with olive oil and toasted for just a few minutes before plating this dish. I have recorded the recipe as presented in the video demonstration here for ease of preparation and documentation.

Ingredients
3 Lg. Prawns, ( or 16 count shrimp), head on
1 ½ Tbsp Olive oil, extra virgin, divided
2 Tbsp Garlic, minced
¾ Cup Dry white wine, divided
1 Tbsp Korean chili flakes
1 Slice French bread, thick sliced
1 Tbsp Green onions, chopped
1 Tsp Granulated sugar
1 Tsp Sara’ Che Vietnamese chili paste
¼ Cup Butter, unsalted, room temperature
To taste Salt and white pepper
Procedure Steps
1. Peel the shell from the prawns, but leave the tail portion and head intact, then de-vein them. Season them on both sides with some of the salt and white pepper.
2. In a very hot sauté pan add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and allow it to just reach the smoking point, and then add the prawns and sauté on both sides turning after about ½ minute. Then add the garlic and toss gently with the prawns, continuing to sauté over high heat to lightly brown the garlic, but do not burn.
3. Add about ½ cup of the white wine to the pan and then add the Korean chili flakes, continuing to sauté. With the white wine added, the shrimp will start to steam and will cook faster, so be sure not to over cook the shrimp. Turn the shrimp again to coat evenly with the chili flakes. Then move the pan to the side.
4. Coat the thickly sliced bias-cut piece of French bread with the remaining olive oil and then set it under a broiler or toaster oven to toast the top side.
5. Return the sauté pan to the heat and add the remaining white wine, then add the green onions, sugar, Sara’ Che Vietnamese chili paste, and then stir well to combine all the ingredients in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and gently fold in the whole butter and stir well to smooth into the sauce. This is a monte au beurre French style sauce preparation.
6. To plate the dish place the toasted French bread on the bottom of the plate, then arrange the three prawns at various angles then stir and taste the sauce to be sure it is flavored correctly, and then spoon or pour the sauce over the prawns and around the French bread, then garnish with more chopped green onions.
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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DanaNo Gravatar // Feb 11, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I love spicy food!

  • 2 Taylen PetersonNo Gravatar // Feb 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    gotta love the local ingredients going into a recipe! most fresh, the best tasting, and supports the community…props to Scott Boswell!

  • 3 pegasuslegendNo Gravatar // Feb 11, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    where do I sign up I want some of this now!

  • 4 MaryMohNo Gravatar // Feb 11, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Prawns…mmmm….my favourite! Love all the ingredients.

  • 5 Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlogNo Gravatar // Feb 11, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Great spicy appetizer, I need it for my weekly menu!!

    Cheers,

    Gera

  • 6 BethNo Gravatar // Feb 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I love spicy, and I love prawns – this will be awesome – I can hardly wait to dunk the bread…MMMmmmmmmmmm

  • 7 JacobNo Gravatar // Feb 11, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    a very spicy and delicious variation.
    I like very well. Thanks
    Greeting Jacob

  • 8 Ed SchenkNo Gravatar // Feb 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Spicy shrimp. Outstanding!

  • 9 EmilyNo Gravatar // Feb 11, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    These spices look out of this world!!!

  • 10 ruchikacooksNo Gravatar // Feb 11, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Spicy combination. I can try that with baby potatoes! Chef, I am also in foobuzz and we are friends there too!

  • 11 redkathyNo Gravatar // Feb 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    You knew I’d love this one Ryan [big grin] Spicccyyy goodness!

  • 12 JessieNo Gravatar // Feb 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    awesome appetizer! I just finished eating dinner and I think getting hungry again hehehe I love the spicy flavors too

  • 13 dining room tableNo Gravatar // Feb 12, 2010 at 2:26 am

    I love this one! Prawns are delicious with butter and if it is spicy! Nice dish!

  • 14 ninniNo Gravatar // Feb 12, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Nice recipe but i am to old for spicy food…lol…

  • 15 Dimitry MishchukNo Gravatar // Feb 12, 2010 at 3:57 am

    That’s a great dish, as I was watching the video I was thinking where to go an purchase some prawns in the morning. Lovely and yet it’s so simple.

  • 16 Cooking LadyNo Gravatar // Feb 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

    It is 8:00 in the morning and my mouth is watering for some of those shrimp. Having the video is very helpful. Yummie

    Thanks for sharing

  • 17 penny aka jeroxieNo Gravatar // Feb 15, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    You know my favourite. I love spices! YUmmMm

  • 18 wasabi primeNo Gravatar // Feb 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Beautiful! And how fitting, in a place like New Orleans, with such a variety of cuisines mixing together, throwing a bit of Asian spice in. Definitely something worth celebrating (and having seconds!)