Friday, July 23, 2010

Cheese Baked Tiger Prawns
During my recent trip to Kota Kinabalu, my sister and BIL took us to a warehouse that specializes in frozen fresh seafood. In there, visitors can choose and pick from a wide variety of seafood, all frozen and vacuum-packed. Once you've made your selection and payment, leave your name and contact number, and the staff will pack all your selections into a nice cardboard box, complete with a handle for you to carry on board your flight.

Hubby and I couldn't resist looking at all the seafood, so we bought a box of huge tiger prawns and a packet of scallops. This box of prawns, is probably the most expensive dish I've cooked at home LOL!

Tiger prawns from Kota Kinabalu.

See the size of the tiger prawns? Pretty big, right? And such a lovely colour too. Plus it's fresh from the farm. The prawns are frozen immediately after fishing them out, hence the freshness is retained. Ingredients for this recipe is simple too, no need for complicated cooking methods nor elaborate stuff...!

Medium size prawns (or big-ass tiger prawns like we had haha!)
Olive oil
Herbs of any kind (I would recommend parsley or cilantro/coriander)
Cheese (mozarella is recommended)

Step 1: Wash and pat dry the prawns. Remove half of the head (where their sharp spike is) and the sharp end of the tail. Slit the centre to remove the dirty vein inside the prawns. Then, using a satay stick (wash and dry it first before using) and stick it up the prawn's behind, through the body and into the head, to keep the prawn straight while cooking. Line the prawn onto a tray with aluminum foil and set aside.

Lotsa garlic... MMmmmMMMmmm~~~

Step 2: Preheat the oven at 190°C for about 20 minutes. Chop a generous amount of garlic and put them into a bowl. Chop some parsley/cilantro and add it into the chopped garlic. Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle some pepper and mix everything. using a small spoon, scoop some garlic paste and stuff it into the centre of the prawns.

Are you hungry yet?

Step 3: Sprinkle cheese on top of the prawns and pop the tray into the oven to bake. Big prawns like the tiger prawns we used would take anywhere between 15 - 20 minutes to cook. So, if you're using smaller prawns, be sure to reduce the cooking time. Once the prawns are cook, bring them out and let them rest a little before eating.

Step 4: EAT!

Pretty simple recipe, right? Nothing fancy at all, no secrets. With seafood as fresh as this, there's really no need to do anything fancy. Hubby was singing to Usher's song "Oh my god" song the whole time while nomming on these babies, hehehehehe!

Believe me, 5 tiger prawns of this size for each person, would satisfy your tummy happily. Now we have to go back to Kota Kinabalu to get more of these babies teehee!