Mexican Achiote Prawns with Mango & Lime Sauce

Cuisine: Mexican

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Serves: 6 skewers

Achiote is an important Mexican seasoning combining herbs, spices and garlic; annatto seeds are commonly used for their intense natural red colouring, and also add a mild, peppery and earthy flavour to food. This is a perfect dish for any barbecue and also works well with chicken or pork.


  1. Place all dry spices in a spice blender or mill and grind until fine ā€“ the allspice berries will take a while to break down. Add garlic, vinegar and oil and mix to a paste.
  2. Thoroughly coat prawns in achiote and leave to marinate if possible. Thread 5 prawns onto wooden or metals skewers with the prawns in a ā€˜Cā€™ shape with tail facing the same way on all.
  3. For mango sauce, blitz mango, lime and coriander together and season to taste.
  4. Heat a bbq or grill to high and cook skewers for 2 minutes each side, or until prawns are opaque.