The Mighty Prawn, a Seafood to Savor

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Prawns, although technically not shrimp, are similar in taste and appearance. Called alternatively, gambas, scampi, lobsterettes, langoustitnes and well, shrimp, prawns by whatever name they go by, are tasty and healthy too. They are low in calories, fats and high in protein. They are probably the most popular type of seafood consumed in restaurants, and they make a great addition to any homemade meal.

When choosing prawns, always go for the freshest batch, remember, the fresher, the better. However, this is usually a somewhat difficult task, as a large majority of prawns come frozen. Frozen raw prawns are your next best option as their taste is for the most part preserved by freezing. Prawn seafood that have been shelled, cooked and frozen should be avoided; these are often devoid of taste, watery and stringy, so save your money.

Should you be lucky enough to happen upon fresh prawns, choose those that have their shells intact-these should be firm and glossy as well. Make sure the head and shells are not discolored in any way. They should have a fresh, salty smell; avoid anything that has even a hint of ammonia. Keep in mind that the eyes should be relatively bright and not sunken in.

Once you’ve picked out your prawns you can move on to the prawn seafood recipes. One of the simplest ways to cook prawns is to lightly saute them with lots of garlic and either butter or olive oil or a combination of the two.

Another way to enjoy prawn seafood is in a simple cocktail. This prawn and mango cocktail recipe calls for peeled prawns, a large, ripe mango, lime, chopped red pepper, chopped yellow pepper, a small chili, finely chopped, chopped coriander leaves, and some olive oil. Peel the mango and chop it finely. Next juice the lime and combine it with the mango, peppers, and the coriander. Add the prawns last and allow them to marinate in the mixture in the refrigerator for at least two hours. After that, drain the liquid and mix it with the olive oil to make a dressing. Serve with lettuce.

There are, of course, many other ways to enjoy prawns. Ask your local seafood shop for their recommendations and search online for more recipes.