Posted 02 December 2002 - 07:05 PM
Who wants to give me a lesson? Where have you purchased spot prawns (raw or at a restaurant) and what are your favorite preparations?
Posted 02 December 2002 - 07:29 PM
I believe in our area we have Alaska spot prawns and fresh Hood Canal Shrimp, which are also spot prawns (someone please correct me if I'm wrong, as I'm just going from memory). I have bought these at Admiral Thriftway, in addition to buying them near Hood's Canal.
They are more delicate than regular prawns and have a nice sweet flavor. Quite often they are just steamed or boiled and served in the shell (including heads & feet). Some have roe. I've also seen them at Pike Place Market. In fact, I think the only way I have ever eaten Hood Canal shrimp are boiled in the shell with a little cocktail sauce. mmmm. Heaven! I believe I have used Alaska spot prawns in stir fry. They aren't cheap though. As I recall for the size (which is about medium), they are a little more expensive than the frozen shrimp from Thailand, which we usually see in the market.
Posted 02 December 2002 - 07:55 PM
Posted 03 December 2002 - 02:26 PM
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Posted 03 December 2002 - 10:57 PM
Malarkey, you have only made me more determined to capture the wily spot prawn and make it sing in my kitchen. Maybe this will be a future column....
Posted 04 December 2002 - 12:01 AM
I like to serve them over a cauliflower puree or soup. Or on warm lentils with a vinaigrette.
Posted 04 December 2002 - 09:13 AM
No kidding! When I read that post I almost reflexively PM'ed tls the dates and times I'd be available for dinner.....
This only makes me more determined to have thelastsupper cook spot prawns for me.
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Posted 04 December 2002 - 12:47 PM
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Posted 13 December 2002 - 01:56 PM
As a matter of fact, scallops aren't my favorite shellfish. I like shrimp better than scallops (crab better than lobster, etc), but I found the spot prawns sweeter than other prawns I've tried. I do like dessert, just not combined with my savory dish...all those things people do with fruit to ruin a perfectly good duck, goose etc.
Trillium, do you also dislike scallops? I usually dislike sweet things (esp. desserts) but have never thought that prawns were too sweet. Interesting. Scallops have bordered on too sweet for me though, depending on their preparation.