Skill level


Equipment you will need for this technique

Sharp knife

Chopping board

Butterflying prawns is the process of cutting them in half lengthways and flattening them out. It's useful for grilling and barbecuing.

-Uncurl the prawn, belly-side facing upwards.

-Cut a line from underneath the head of the prawn to the tip of the tail using a sharp knife, making sure the knife cuts through the meat but not the outer shell of the prawn.

-Open up the prawn fully. If you like, you can remove the black intestinal tract from the prawn by scraping it out with the tip of a sharp knife. This is called ‘deveining’.

-Grill on the butterflied side.