Recipe courtesy of Tom Douglas

Togarashi Prawns

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  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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For the togarashi:

1 sheet nori

1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

1 tablespoon grated orange zest, allowed to dry on a paper towel

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

For the prawns:

2 tablespoons peanut oil

1 pound large prawns, shelled and deveined, with tails on

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. To make the togarashi, toast the nori on an ungreased baking sheet for 20 minutes in the oven. Allow to cool, then rip the nori into pieces that will fit in your spice mill. Grind the nori, sesame seeds, orange zest, and pepper flakes in batches if necessary, and mix together in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok over high heat until very hot. Add the prawns and cook 3 to 4 minutes, tossing and turning the prawns as they cook. When they are firm and pink, sprinkle the prawns with the togarashi, salt, and pepper, and toss well to coat.
  3. You can also brush the prawns with the oil, sprinkle them with the togarashi, salt, and pepper, and grill or broil them, turning often, until firm and pink, 3 to 4 minutes.