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    Prawns

    Ok this may be a really stupid question - but how do you cook them?

    Ive just got some out of the freezer, intention is too have a stir fry or something with them tonight, but I have no idea how to cook them!

    Do I have to pre-fry them the same way I do chicken or salmon before cooking the veggies or whatever is in the stirfry or can I just cook the other stuff and then put them in half way through because they cant take long to cook, right??

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    Depends, are they fresh prawns or have they already had something done to them?

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    They're probably already cooked (ie pink!) in which case, I usually add them frozen towards the end of my stir fry, and cook until they are heated through. If you cook them for too long they become tough.
    (I'm usually wary about cooking frozen things without defrosting them first, but I'm still alive so it must be ok!!)


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    No they are fresh plain prawns - only thing done to them is that they've been frozen.
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    Place the prawns in the freezer for a few minutes to slow their metabolism. Dependent on the quality of prawns, use a sufficiently large container
    so that when boiling the prawns can be added and not boil over.

    Bring the sea water to a vigourous boil. Add the prawns and continue to boil until all the prawns float continuously, the prawns should be orange and curled up.

    Drain the prawns and then plunge into sea water to which you have added
    ice or ice cubes to drop the temperature. Leave approximately 5 to 10 minutes, drain.

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    If they are raw, then I would definately defrost them first, then cook in the same way as the precooked- i.e. add to the stir fry and cook until heated through and PINK! Might be nice to marinade them in ginger or something before stir frying? Depends what else you are adding to your stir fry I suppose!

    **edit** Just seen David's post above! Not seen recipes say to do that before, but maybe that is best... dunno!!! Where is Deckard when you need him?!!


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    Davids talking about fresh LIVE prawns there....

    Seeing as these have been in the freezer, I kinda doubt they're still alive.

    Best way to cook em, espesh if you're stir frying is to add them near the end, add a splash of water, then put a lid or plate over the wok and let them steam.

    For a tiger prawn (those larger grey and blue striped jobbies you see on the fish counter) they'll take about 3 -4 minutes to cook.

    If you're hell bent on just stir frying them, its best to cook them separately. So do you're stir fry as normal, empty the wok contents into a bowl or something, then fry the prawns off and add the stir fry back to the prawns to heat through and then serve.

    It's better to let the stir fry cool a little while you cook the prawns rather than the other way round as re-heating prawns, even if it is only after a short while, is not advisable. (Plus its quicker to cook the prawns than it is to cook an entire stri fry)

    Check the sticky at the top of the Hotpot, a prawn stir fry recipe for you.
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    Thank you!!

    Im hungry for this now, let alone tonight!
    Oh well, back to work I go!
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    Best way to cook then is stir fried in spiced roasted salt.
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    Ok, now replaced frozen Prawns with Jumbo Prawns which were BOGF in Sainsburys when I popped in after work! Yummy!
    (Always a BAD idea to shop on an empty stomach!)

    Thanks everyone, I should be capable of not poisoning myself now!
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    lol... what we normally do is soak them in fresh water until defrosted - but that just makes like much easier when bbq'ing.
    Mmmmm - a kilo of tiger prawns for 8 euro... gotta love spain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottyman
    lol... what we normally do is soak them in fresh water until defrosted - but that just makes like much easier when bbq'ing.
    Mmmmm - a kilo of tiger prawns for 8 euro... gotta love spain!
    there's a town in the north of morocco that sells a kilo of prawns for something stupid like 60cents that's like.... 40p! it's a tiny village,cant remember what it was called tho, we drove through it last summer, right on the med coast, ludicrus!

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    yummy! I'm going to have to dig out the recipe I used - as it's a particularly tasty summer dish!


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