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Lemongrass-Coconut Prawn and Noodles Parchment Pack

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4 Servings


About the Recipe


  • 4 ounces rice vermicelli noodles

  • 4 cups baby spinach

  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and grated on large holes of box grater (about 1 cup)

  • 1/2 cup Thai-style canned coconut milk

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste

  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce

  • 1 clove garlic, finely grated

  • Freshly grated zest of 1 lime and 1 teaspoon lime juice, plus wedges for serving

  • 3/4 teaspoon light brown sugar

  • 1 pound large prawns, peeled and deveined

  • 2 stalks lemongrass

  • Salt


Step 1

Position 2 racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 200°C. Cut four 16-inch long sheets of parchment paper. Fold each sheet in half and open like a book. Divide the pieces of parchment between 2 baking sheets (2 pieces per sheet).

Step 2

Place the noodles in a large bowl and cover completely with warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes to soften, then drain well. Dry the bowl and put the noodles back in, along with the spinach and carrot: reserve. Whisk the coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce, garlic, lime zest and juice, and brown sugar together in a medium bowl. Add 1/4 cup of the coconut marinade to the noodles, season with 1/8 teaspoon salt and toss to coat. Add the prawns to the remaining marinade and toss to coat.

Step 3

Divide the noodles and vegetables between the 4 sheets of parchment, placing on one side of the fold. Drizzle each serving with 2 tablespoons water. Top with prawns and drizzle with remaining marinade. Cut each lemongrass stalk into 4 pieces and smash with mallet or other heavy item. Place 2 in each pack.

Step 4

Fold over the top half of the parchment, crimping and overlapping small folds along the open edge to seal tightly. Bake until the parchment puffs, about 12 minutes; the prawns will be cooked through.

Step 5

Transfer each pack to a plate. Avoiding the hot steam, carefully cut open each pack and discard the lemongrass stalks. Serve with lime wedges.


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