Delicious Dipping Sauces For Fresh Wild BC Spot Prawns

by CorrinnaJohnson

Grill some fresh wild BC spot prawns on the bbq or steam them over a pot of water and serve them with delicious dipping sauces for a sweet succulent feast.

The BC spot prawn season opens in early May and lasts 6-8 weeks until mid June giving the locals in Vancouver, BC and along the Sunshine Coast an opportunity to buy fresh local and sustainable live BC spot prawns straight from the boat. Steam, boil, grill or tempura fry the prawns and serve with one or more delicious dipping sauces and treat yourself, friends and family to a succulent feast. They are even delicious served raw.

Wild BC Spot Prawns
Wild BC Spot Prawns

Garlic Butter Sauce

1/2 cup butter
2-3 cloves finely minced garlic
1 tbsp finely chopped parsley

Nothing goes better with fresh BC spot prawns than a rich and delectable garlic butter dipping sauce for some amazing lip smacking and finger licking goodness. Sautee fragrant garlic in butter and season with fresh herbs. For a little bit of zest, add some freshly squeezed lemon juice and serve with grilled, steamed or boiled prawns.

Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce

Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
1 clove minced garlic
1/4-1/2 tsp hot chile pepper, minced
1/2 teaspoon ketchup
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

This spicy sweet chili sauce is hands down one of the best sauces that I have ever tasted and it is absolutely delicious on pizza, stirred into pasta and rice or drizzled onto roasted vegetables. The balance of the sweet and heat makes a perfect pairing with the succulent sweet taste of wild BC spot prawns fresh from the ocean. Bring the water and vinegar to a boil and then stir in the sugar, ginger, garlic, chile pepper, and ketchup. Simmer for 5 minutes and then stir in the cornstarch and cool. Tastes delicious served with grilled, steamed, boiled or tempura fried BC spot prawns.

Seafood Cocktail Sauce

1/2 cup garlic chili sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2-3 tbsp horseradish
2 tbsp lemon juice or juice from 1 fresh lemon
dash worcestershire sauce
few drops of hot sauce
dash sea salt to taste

Cocktail sauce is one of the more traditional accompaniments served with seafood and is usually served chilled or at room temperature. Even though seafood cocktail sauce most popularly accompanies steamed shrimp, surprise your guests, and serve with fresh wild BC spot prawns for an extra special treat from the ocean. Just mix all the ingredients together and chill for a simple and delicious seafood dipping sauce to serve with steamed, boiled or grilled prawns.

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Zesty Lemon Chive Dip

1/3 cup mayo
1 tbsp lemon juice or juice from 1/2 fresh lemon
1/4 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tbsp finely chopped chives
1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
dash sea salt to taste

The zesty lemon chive dip is a terrific complement to fresh wild BC spot prawns, filling your mouth with the fresh taste of the ocean paired with the creamy and tangy mayo dipping sauce for a perfect bite bursting with flavor. Replace or add to the chives and black pepper with different herbs and spices to create different flavor combinations. Try adding chopped cooked bacon and minced jalapeno for a smoky hot dipping sauce or swap with 1/2 minced chipotle chili, 2 tsp adobo sauce and replace the freshly squeezed lemon juice with the juice of 1/2 a lime instead for a spicy and zesty dipping sauce. Simply stir all the ingredients together and chill in the refrigerator and serve with grilled, steamed, boiled or tempura fried wild BC spot prawns.

Mango Lime Cilantro Dip

1/3 cup mayo
1/2 ripe mango, grated
1 tbsp lime juice or juice from 1/2 fresh lime
1/4 tsp grated lime zest
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp dried chili flakes
dash sea salt to taste

Treat your friends and family at your next summer barbecue to a delicious feast of grilled wild BC spot prawns served with a fresh mango lime cilantro dip for the perfect backyard barbecue finger food. Just mix all the ingredients together and chill for a simple and delicious seafood dipping sauce and serve with grilled, steamed, boiled or tempura fried prawns.

There are a few different techniques used to cook live wild BC spot prawns that are all very simple to execute that even the most amateur home cook can perform. The key is to cook them very quickly and not to overcook them. The ocean’s most succulent treasures do not need much more than a light cooking, a little seasoning, and a wonderful accompaniment dipping sauce to bring out the fresh flavors of the ocean.

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Updated: 05/26/2013, CorrinnaJohnson
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belinda342 on 10/12/2012

I just had lunch and now I'm hungry again. I'm definitely going to try one of these great prawn recipes out this weekend. (Though here we call them shrimp...and they are likely to be from the grocer's freezer, so not nearly as fresh as yours!)

Mira on 09/02/2012

Wow, you gave here some amazing dips for prawns. I will make some next time I have people over, and serve them on my rotating board. Thanks for a great article! :)

katiem2 on 06/14/2012

I like the sweet chili recipe, sounds amazing :) K

nickupton on 06/13/2012

Great, simple dipping sauce recipes. I will find someone to make them for me ;)

CorrinnaJohnson on 05/26/2012

I agree @Marko and @Tolovaj...these dipping sauces are yummy with all the seafood.

CorrinnaJohnson on 05/26/2012

Thanks @sheilamarie

Marko on 05/25/2012

I like shrimps, prawns, crabs and all the seafood. These sauces above look tasty. Will have to try some...

Tolovaj on 05/25/2012

Great selection of dipping sauces. I tried some of them and they are great with other seafood too. Yummy!

sheilamarie on 05/22/2012

Hey, neighbor! Great to have you on Wizzley! Nice first wizzle!

CorrinnaJohnson on 05/22/2012

Thank you Brenda Reeves

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