Prawns, freshly plucked from the ocean and quickly prepared with just a few simple ingredients are delicious, nutritious and flavoursome, so here are a few easy garlic prawn recipes, that you can recreate at home.
For me, the best garlic prawns recipe is sizzling garlic prawns, so make sure you give it a try!
Sizzling Garlic Prawns
Fuerteventura lies in the Atlantic ocean and enjoys an abundance of local and responsibly sourced fish and seafood. Each day the boats go our early and return around noon filled with fish of all shapes and sizes. However, there is one kind of seafood that everyone simply cannot get enough of, and that is freshly caught prawns. They are plump, juicy and simply delicious and whether you prefer simple everyday prawns ( gambas ) or massive Langostines ( which are actually a part of the lobster family ) you will need some simple prawn recipes to try at home so that you can enjoy them at their freshest.
Recipies With Prawns
I am a garlic lover. Whether that comes down to being half Italian or just my preference for strong flavours, I am not sure. But I find anything that I can cook quickly and with garlic, soon becomes a favourite and something that soon finds its way onto my Easy Prawn Recipes list. ( Which, incidentally, seems to be getting longer and longer). One of the easy prawn recipes that I find myself going back to time and time again is Gambas Al Ajillo or sizzling garlic prawns. I discovered this dish, whilst enjoying Tapas with friends in a little bar in Corralejo Harbour. I was looking out over the ocean when this amazing waft of garlic breezed across my face. Within seconds the origin of this captivating aroma revealed itself in the form of a red hot, sizzling terracotta bowl that was expertly making its way to our table. My friend had chosen this dish and you could see from her face, that she was eager to get stuck in. When I looked at the dish it occurred to me how simplistic is was but I was also amazed at the sheer power of the aroma it was emitting. I too could not resist and was soon tucking in. Fair to say, Gambas Al Ajillo was soon added to my easy prawn recipes list!
Easy Garlic Prawns
The sheer simplicity and flavour of this dish is the reason that it works so well. In just a couple of minutes, you can re-create an amazing dish which is both satisfying and moreish. It is also made for sharing, so it’s a nice dish to enjoy with friends over a nice glass of chilled white rioja.
Delicious with Crusty Bread
Do not be fooled by the simplicity of this dish. It may look unsophisticated and a little thrown-together, but the aromas that it emits and the robust flavours it produces are nothing short of incredible. This is one of those dishes that you can smell wafting down the street and immediately gets your mouth watering. It is simple to make, easy to eat and just the perfect tapa to enjoy with a nice glass of crisp white wine, whilst gazing out over the ocean.
2 Ways – Your Choice
There are two ways in which to make this dish. If you want a traditional looking dish then peel the prawns beforehand and cook them in an ovenproof terracotta dish. But if you prefer your prawns served with the shells intact, then don’t peel them and cook them in a frying pan on the stove top instead. Either way tastes great, it just depends on how you prefer your finished dish to look and how much time you want to take preparing it. Serve it with a few chunks of crusty bread and away you go! Simply Delicious!
Easy Gambas Al Ajillo Recipe
• 12 Large prawns (washed)
• 3 Cloves of garlic ( thinly sliced )
• 100ml Good quality olive oil
• 1 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes
• Sea Salt for seasoning
• 1 Tablespoon of chopped, flat leaf parsley
• A splash of white wine (optional)
Peel the prawns but leave their tails intact (or leave all of the shell intact if you are using the frying pan method). Sprinkle a little sea salt on the prawns to season them. Take an ovenproof terracotta bowl or frying pan and add in the olive oil and sliced garlic and place over a hot heat. (Always use sliced garlic, not crushed, as it can withstand higher temperatures and does not burn as easily.) When the garlic begins to turn golden in colour, add in the chilli flakes and the prawns and cook for 1 minute. Optional: add a splash of white wine, this will stop the garlic from burning and give the dish an extra level of flavour too. Fry the prawns for about 1 minute on each side, or until they turn a nice pink colour. When they are ready, carefully remove from the heat and place on a serving plate. Take care, not to burn yourself as the oil will be really hot!. Lastly, sprinkle with parsley and serve with fresh, crusty bread. Yuuuuuuummmmmmmmmm………
Make a meal of it
If you prefer something a little more filling, then these plump and juicy prawns work exceptionally well with another Traditional Canarian dish, called Papas Arrugadas or wrinkly potatoes. They are salty potatoes, which are eaten with the skin still intact and served smothered in local sauces called Mojo’s. And if you would like to try and recreate those at home too, then here are some more simple tapas recipes for you to have a go at.
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