From Pastas to Indian Food, Prawns Spice it Up

Though there are many recipes that use a variety of seafood species, but diners looking to enjoy a delicious shellfish on its own know to look for recipes for prawns, specifically. Available peeled or in their shell, fresh or in frozen packs, prawns work well in hot or cold dishes, as a main course or as a garnish or appetizer. Whether you are looking for the normal dishes like stir-fries or curries, or if you are looking to brave something new, there are recipes to suit your needs.

If crunched on time, a stir-fry is a perfect option. Combine two pounds of deveined and cleaned prawns and veggies (like broccoli, red peppers, onions, carrots) in a marinade of crushed garlic, finely chopped fresh ginger, coriander, oil, rice wine, and a tablespoon of soy sauce. Cook vegetables first until tender but still slightly crisp and then add prawns. Cook for another 3-5 minutes. Additional vegetables you could use are cabbage, spring onions and peas. Serve with brown rice, sprinkled with the almonds.

Along with traditional methods of cooking, like grilling on skewers and stir-frying, other recipes for prawns break out of convention. Prawns with scrambled eggs and boiled potatoes put a twist on the classic bacon-egg combo. Even more unique are muffins baked with a spread of curd cheese, prawns, tomato and grated cheddar cheese on top. Add salt and pepper to taste and bake until the cheese melts; serve with a light main course or a fresh salad.

For a hot summer day, serve a prawn and pineapple salad over a bed of chilled lettuce. Combine canned or fresh pineapple with fresh (or frozen) prawns and diced derby cheese and spoon over lettuce. Garnish with cucumbers and paprika, and a dollop of sour cream, if you desire.

If pasta is more your thing, there are pasta recipes for prawns as well. Combine and heat tomatoes, courgettes, mushrooms, garlic and basil. Mix in cooked pasta, 8 ounces of prawns, and salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Toss everything together in an ovenproof dish, along with 5 ounces of fat free Greek style plain yogurt. Before baking, sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

No matter your preferences-pasta, curry, or stir-fry-there really is a recipe for you calling for prawns and a healthy dose of accompanying flavor.

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