Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Garlic Brandy Prawns

There are so many things I liked about this recipe - quick and easy, tasty, very healthy... but, I don't think it turned out quite right. Or maybe it did?

When you look at the picture, the prawns look dry. They weren't dry, they had a yummy flavor and were quite tender. But they had no sauce. Based on the original recipe picture, I expected at least a small amount of sticky, brandy sauce. Not so.

But again, it is really good recipe and the prawns tasted great. So I'm torn. I usually like a bit of sauce, to go with the rice (which due to no sauce, did seem dry).

Perhaps the answer to this recipe is to not serve the prawns over rice. Other options I am going to try in the future: Serve them along side some wok fried vegetables, in a mandarine orange/spinach leaf salad with the soy ginger salad dressing, or on skewers as an appetizer. Delicious!

Either way, this is a solid prawn recipe. I just think you need to give some thought on how to best serve them.

Yikes, what a dark photo! But, no time for photoshop...

Garlic Brandy Prawns
from Steamy Kitchen

1 pound tail-on shrimp/prawns, deveined
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons butter
2 stalks green onion, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 tablespoon brandy
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons cooking oil

Rinse prawns, pat completely dry and marinate in cornstarch and 1/2 tsp kosher salt for 5 minutes. Heat your wok or large skillet over high heat. When wok is hot, add 2 tablespoons cooking oil. When oil is hot and just starting to smoke, add prawns. Fry until they are half-done, approximately 1-2 minutes. Remove from wok, leaving the oil in the wok.

Turn heat to medium-high. Add the garlic, fry for 10 seconds. Add the brandy, salt, sugar, butter. Cook sauce for 1 minute to thicken slightly. Add the half-cooked prawns and green onion. Fry until prawns are cooked through, about 2 minutes (depends on size of your prawns).

Plenty of prawns to go around, more recipes:
- Sweet Chili Prawn Skewers, from Fig & Cherry
- Pan-fried Soy & Honey Prawns, from Greedy Gourmet
- Creamy Butter Prawns, from Food 4 Tots

Guten appetit!


Christie @ Fig & Cherry said...

Hey! Thanks for the link!

Great job of this recipe, garlic and brandy are the perfect partners for prawns :)

Food-4tots said...

What a great combi for prawns! Tks for the link! Btw, I had moved to a new site recently and you can find my creamy butter prawn post at this new link: http://food-4tots.com/?p=201. Hope to see you there! ;)