"Recipes are meant to be shared"...Ann Thibeault

Monday, November 16, 2009

Garlic Prawns over Pasta

Last spring I froze a number of containers of our local spotted prawns. Beheaded but tails left on and frozen in water.  This is the best way to freeze prawns or shrimp if you want them to retain their fresh caught flavour and texture.

I still had two containers of local spotted prawns in the freezer.  Perfect for when I haven't made any plans for dinner.  I called Moe yesterday from work and had him pull one of them out of the freezer.  They didn't take long to defrost when run under water and they only took  a couple of minutes to cook.

Making a slight adjustment to my standard Spanish Tapa - Garlic shrimp recipe  I sauted  the prawns with lots of garlic in olive oil seasoned with red hot pepper flakes, added about a quarter cup of chicken broth, 3 tablespoons butter and fresh chopped parsley and served them over spaghetti.  Another quick and simple dinner.

Spanish Tapa - Garlic Shrimp
6 Tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 pound medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons of chicken broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons minced parsley
Italian or French Bread cut into cubes

Heat the oil, garlic and red pepper flakes in a large, shallow pan. When the garlic just begins to turn golden, add the shrimp and cook over high heat for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the broth
and lemon juice.

If serving in the living room, pour into a large earthenware bowl and sprinkle with salt and parsley. Serve immediately.
Note:  Use more chicken broth and lemon juice if you like more sauce to dip the bread into.


  1. Scrumptious! How lucky you are to have access to fresh seafood. I am traveling today....actually going to the coast. I know what is for dinner tonight!

  2. I so love the Shrimp Tapas! I love the idea of serving them over pasta, like shrimp scampi. I'm sure Moe was very happy with his dinner!

  3. Looks wonderful Ann...we love Spanish Garlic Shrimp and shrimp scampi over pasta...
    Gosh I could eat that right now!

  4. Oh mama! My two favorite food groups!

  5. Shrimp is one of my favorites!! This dish looks so good and best of all sounds easy. Thanks for giving me a great dinner idea for this week. Always looking for quick simple dishes with a little toddler climbing on my legs in the kitchen. :)

  6. This would be one of my all time favorite dinners! Oh yes, I could eat unladylike portions of this!

  7. Oh, this looks so yummy! I wish I had some shrimp in the freezer to pull out to make this tonight.....Sarah

  8. this is making me hungry n Ijust had lunch...I cld really eat that now...pasta and prawns and garlic.what a combo!

  9. Gorgeous shot of your beautiful shrimp dinner Ann! I'm so envious of your wonderful local shrimp, and I can see what care you take when freezing them ~ they still look like fresh! Such a difference from commercially frozen.

  10. Many of the necessary vitamins are found in garlic as a natural antibiotic and food should be consumed in more than gives great flavor


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