Grilled Prawns with Yaji Spice Relish Recipe

A flavourful ginger and garlic relish transforms simple grilled prawns into this classic Nigerian street food.
12 July 2018, 9:08am

Servings: 6
Prep: 20 minutes (plus overnight soaking of beans)
Total: 1 1/2 hours


for the beans:
2 cups dry pinto beans, soaked overnight and drained
1 cup coconut milk
kosher salt to taste

for the relish:
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 (3-inch) piece peeled ginger, roughly chopped
2 cups thinly sliced scallions
1 cup grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons Suya spice
juice of 4 limes
zest of 1 lime
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

for the shrimp:
2 pounds head-on shrimp, deveined, shell and head-on
kosher salt, to taste
grapeseed oil

to serve:
mint leaves
cilantro leaves
roasted and unsalted peanuts, crushed


1. Cook the beans: Place the beans in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high and reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook until the beans are very soft, about 45 minutes. Drain, reserving about 1 cup of cooking liquid. Transfer the beans to a food processor along with the coconut milk and purée until slightly smooth. You may need to use some cooking liquid to help it blend, but if not, no need to save it. Season with salt and transfer to the saucepan. Keep warm over very low heat.

2. Make the relish: Place the garlic and ginger in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped, then transfer to a medium bowl. Add half of the scallions to the food processor and pulse until roughly chopped, then transfer to the bowl along with the remaining scallions, grapeseed oil, Suya spice, and lime zest and juice, salt. Stir to combine, then season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Makes about 2 cups. Relish will keep, refrigerated, for up to 5 days.

3. Cook the shrimp: Light a grill. Season shrimp with salt and drizzle with oil. Grill the shrimp, flipping once, until pink and cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and toss with about 1 cup of the relish.

4. To serve, divide the beans among plates and top with the shrimp and more relish. Garnish with the herbs and peanuts and serve immediately.

This article originally appeared on Munchies US.