Celebrated across many cultures as the star ingredient of any recipe, prawns are the one shellfish that most seafood lovers find impossible to resist. Their name varies according to which part of the world you happen to find yourself in – in Australia and the USA, they’re called shrimp, whereas the British just use prawns to refer to both shellfish. To us at Azzopardi Fisheries, leading provider of fresh seafood in Malta, they’re delicious whatever the name! Here are a few ways of cooking and preparing these delectable pink morsels into your next seafood dish.
1. Prawn-filled avocados
It seems as though the world can’t get enough of avocados these days – and for good reason! They’re extremely versatile and pair so brilliantly with a number of ingredients. For this recipe, cut your chosen number of avocados in half and remove the stones. Toss a bunch of freshly cooked, peeled and chopped prawns with French dressing in a bowl, and place them on top of the avocados. They make for an excellent and tasty starter or a summertime snack.
2. Prawn poppadoms
Quick and easy to make, these canapes are perfect for starting off a fancy dinner for a special occasion. You’ll need 24 mini-poppadoms and cooked prawns, peeled and left to dry on kitchen paper before being put in the fridge for storage. Divide 200g of tzatziki between each poppadom, spooning evenly. Place a prawn on top of every one, seasoning with paprika and coriander.
3. Watermelon salad with feta and prawn
De-seed, peel and coarsely chop some watermelon, and place the pieces in a large bowl. Add cooked and peeled prawns, a few mint leaves and some sliced feta cheese. To combine, toss everything together. For the dressing, pour some extra virgin olive oil along with red wine vinegar into a smaller bowl. Whisk together and then drizzle over the salad to taste.
4. Prawn and Lemon Bruschetta
In a wok, heat 1 tsp of olive oil, 2 thinly sliced garlic cloves and 1 large red chili (sliced and deseeded). Raise the heat and add 200g of raw king prawns, and wait until they turn pink before removing them from the pan. Add coriander and lemon juice, and place on top of freshly toasted baguette slices, adding an optional layer of rocket leaves.
Here at Azzopardi Fisheries in St. Paul’s Bay, we’re proud to have been supplying fresh seafood and fish in Malta for over 30 years. We value our customers highly, which is why all our products are of superb quality and freshness. Contact us today for more information about our supply of fresh fish in Malta, or visit our stores in person where our friendly and experienced staff will help you to the best of their abilities!