Asian prawn and pomelo salad

Neil Perry
Asian prawn and pomelo salad is great served with any citrus fruit.
Asian prawn and pomelo salad is great served with any citrus fruit. Photo: William Meppem

Pomelo (also known as Chinese grapefruit) is the largest member of the citrus family. Its skin is thick and yellow, while its flesh tends to be slightly sweeter than that of grapefruit. However, this salad is great with any citrus fruit, including grapefruit, orange or mandarin. Adding lots of fresh mint is good, too.


500g cooked king prawns

300g pomelo pieces

1 small clove garlic

1 tsp castor sugar

1 lemongrass stalk, tough outer leaves removed, very finely sliced

4 small wild green chillies (or to taste), finely sliced

juice of 1 lime

1 tbsp fish sauce (* check gluten-free if required)

2 tbsp toasted desiccated coconut (unsweetened)

2 kaffir lime leaves, very finely shredded

1 large handful coriander leaves

2 tbsp crispy-fried shallots

1/2 cup plain roasted peanuts, roughly chopped



Peel and devein the prawns. Make sure all the thick skin has been removed from the pomelo. Roughly tear the segments with your hands into bite-sized pieces, trying to remove as much of the tough outer pith as possible.

Using a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic and sugar until the mixture is of purée consistency. Add the lemongrass and chillies, pound to release their flavours, and place in a large bowl.

Whisk in the lime juice and fish sauce and adjust the seasoning with additional fish sauce as necessary.

Toss the prawns, pomelo and dressing with the desiccated coconut, shredded lime leaves and coriander. Sprinkle crispy-fried shallots and peanuts on top.

Serve immediately.