Oven-baked prawns are the perfect solution when you’re looking for a dish that’s both elegant and easy to prepare. Within just 15 minutes, you can serve a seafood main course that’s not only fresh and light but sure to impress.
Our recommended method for this dish retains the prawn’s natural carapace during baking. This not only ensures that the flesh stays tender and succulent but also adds a touch of finesse to the presentation. If you’re inclined to serve them without the shell, simply cover the prawns with baking paper to prevent them from drying out, preserving their rich and succulent texture.
Preparing baked frozen prawns? Ensure they’re thoroughly thawed before baking. Cooking prawns directly from frozen is not advisable as it can affect their texture and flavor. To elevate the baked prawns in this recipe, we’ve incorporated lemon zest and fresh parsley – two pantry staples that beautifully complement seafood. For those wanting to add a gourmet twist, a splash of brandy or cognac before baking will infuse the prawns with a rich, aromatic flavor.
A note on color: If your baked prawns have a white carapace post-cooking, it’s likely due to the variety you’ve chosen. For a vibrant red hue even after cooking, opt for Argentine Red Prawns. These prawns not only maintain their stunning color but are also known for their substantial size and exceptional taste.