If you have filled up your freezer with staples so you don't have to food shop often - or to prepare for a Cornavirus pandemic (such as the time of writing!) - then it can be handy to have some recipe ideas of what to do with them all. If you have a big freezer, you can fill it up with mince, steaks, fish and vegetables, which defrost just as fresh as the day you put them in. You can't beat frozen food for convenience!
If you love seafood, particularly prawns, then keep reading for 5 ideas on what to do with a bag of frozen green prawns. Our family cooks with frozen prawns at least once a week - so it pays to shop around for supermarket specials and buy multiple bags if you find them half price. You may be surprised by the range of meal ideas from this one frozen ingredient - why don't you try a new recipe tonight?
1/ Marinated Prawns can be used in a variety of ways. One of our favourite marinades is 2 Tablespoons soy sauce, 1 Tablespoon of caster sugar, 1 Tablespoon of lime juice and 2 teaspoons of sesame oil. Ensure that you defrost the prawns first and drain the water, before you add the marinade ingredients. Cook on the BBQ and mix them through a salad, or enjoy them with frozen chips and vegetables - to use them up too!
2/ Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce is another easy recipe - just heat oil in a frypan and add a chopped onion and 2 finely diced garlic cloves until cooked. Add 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/4 teaspoon dried chilli flakes, a 400g tin of crushed tomatoes, 1 cup of chicken stock and 1/2 cup of water. Bring mixture to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add your defrosted prawns and simmer for another 5 minutes. Add a squirt of lemon juice and 1/3 cup of chopped parsley and serve on top of spaghetti. Serves 4.
3/ Prawn Pizza is a favourite in our family, as it only uses a few ingredients and is quick to make. One tasty recipe is Prawn & Pesto Pizza which begins by defrosting your prawns and then cooking them in a frypan with 2 cloves of finely diced garlic. Meanwhile, get your pizza base ready on an oven tray and scatter over a handful of mozzarella cheese, then add dots of basil pesto all over it (we like the Jamie Oliver brand) and then arrange your garlic prawns all around it. Cook on 200 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can use a tomato base and add frozen marina mix with chilli flakes and herbs. Try out different combinations to find your fav!
4/ Thai Prawn Red Curry is another winner in our household, as it is easy to make and tastes just like a restaurant! Just heat oil in a frypan and add defrosted frozen prawns and cook for 5 minutes until ready. Set aside. Then add 2 Tablespoons of red curry paste to the pan, as well as a 270ml can of coconut cream, 2 Tablespoons of lime juice, 1 Tablespoon of raw sugar, and 1/4 cup of water. Cook for 5 minutes and then add the prawns back into the pan. Serve with steamed rice. Serves 4.
5/ Prawn Fried Rice is easy to make, with whatever vegetables you have on hand. Fry up shallots, diced tomato, chopped mushroom and diced capsicum in oil in a frypan. Defrost prawns, chop into two and add to the pan to cook. Meanwhile, cook up 1.5 cups of rice in a rice cooker and add to the pan. Add 1/4 cup of light soy sauce and 2 teaspoons of sesame oil. Make scrambled eggs in a separate pan and then stir through the rice. Lastly, add a cup of frozen peas and stir until cooked. Serves 4.
Do you have any more handy recipes for frozen prawns? If so, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article and share your top ones. Although fresh prawns are delicious straight from the seafood market, you still can't beat frozen for convenience!