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Neil Perry's Spicy Prawn Tortillas

As part of The Great Australian Cookbook, Neil Perry shares a recipe for a dish he loves to make for his family, spicy prawn tortillas. "Being a restauranteur means I'm not always home for dinner with the family, so I love it when my girls come visit me after school and share an early dinner together. This recipe is how we like to eat at home: very relaxed, informal and hands-on," says Neil. 


600 g green king prawns
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large Spanish onion, finely diced
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp salsa macha
1 tsp sea salt
100 ml extra virgin olive oil
juice of 2 limes

5 Roma tomatoes
4 chipotles in adobo (see tip below)
sea salt to taste

2 cups shaved cabbage
2 cucumbers peeled, halved, seeded
and cut into ½ cm semi-circles
½ a bunch of coriander leaves, washed and chopped

To serve
Tortillas, enough to serve 4 people


Peel and de-vein the prawns. In a bowl, mix the prawns with all the ingredients except the lime juice and leave to marinate for an hour.

Finely dice the tomatoes and finely mince the chipotles. Mix the salsa ingredients together with a sprinkle of sea salt and place in a small serving bowl.

Mix all the salad ingredients and place in a serving bowl.

To finish, heat a grill pan or pan to hot. Add the prawns and marinade, cook quickly on one side and toss to cook on the other. Don’t overcook – it will happen quickly. Place the prawns in a serving bowl and squeeze the lime juice over. Heat the tortillas in a microwave.

Place all the dishes in the middle of the table, take a tortilla and spoon a bit of each dish on, roll and enjoy.

Serves 4.


Salsa macha is a traditional chilli salsa from the Oaxacan and Veracruz regions in Mexico, made with extra virgin olive oil. Chipotles in adobo is a spicy Mexican sauce (adobo) of smoke-dried jalapeños (chipotle).

About The Great Australian Cookbook

The Great Australian Cookbook is the ultimate celebration of food, with over 100 of Australia's finest cooks, chefs, bakers and local heroes sharing recipes and stories around the simple question, "What is the food you make for the people you love?" 

A perfect gift for foodies and aspiring chefs alike, buy The Great Australian Cookbook online here.

Image from The Great Australian Cookbook copyright © Lottie Hedley.