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Tapa: Serrano Ham-Wrapped Prawns

Tapa: Serrano Ham-Wrapped Prawns


  • 18 jumbo prawns or very large shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tails left on

  • EVOO, for drizzling

  • 1 lemon, zested (about 1 1/2 tsp.) and juiced (about 1/4 cup)

  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic

  • Salt and pepper

  • 18 leaves fresh sage

  • 18 slices Serrano ham

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, for sautéing

  • ½ cup dry sherry

  • 2 tbsp. butter


  • Step 1

    Dress the prawns with EVOO, the lemon zest, and granulated garlic; season with salt and pepper. Working with 1 prawn at a time, place a sage leaf where the vein used to be. Wrap each prawn with a slice of ham, overlapping the ham like the stripes on a barber pole.

  • Step 2

    In a large skillet, heat the olive oil, two turns of the pan, over medium-high. Add the prawns and cook until they are opaque in the center and the ham is very crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter. Add the sherry and lemon juice to the skillet and swirl until reduced to 3 to 4 tbsp., about 5 minutes. Add the butter and swirl until melted; season. Spoon the sauce over the prawns.