I buy prawns frozen and defrost them. A lot of seafood is previously frozen even if it's sold as chilled, particularly if it's something from far afield. Also having been kept frozen means it's been kept at a temperature bacteria can't grow at. Another bonus when feeding kids. It's worth stocking up when they are on offer as raw prawns can be pretty pricey.
Baked Prawns for Babies, Toddlers and Adults Serves 2 adults and 1 toddler
250g Raw, peeled prawns
1 fat clove of garlic, finely sliced (or two if they're a bit small)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
A sprig of thyme
Some parsley, about 1 tbsp when chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
Butterfly the prawns by using a sharp knife and cutting down the curved back. You might be able to see a dark small tube. If it is dark take it out (it's the prawn's intestine and if it's dark, it's full of something rather unpleasant!)
Put the prawns into a baking dish with the oil, thyme and garlic and a good couple of grinds of black pepper. At this point the prawns can be put into the fridge so they are ready to cook when you're ready so you could prepare them in the morning.
When you are ready to cook them, preheat the oven to 220oC and cook for 6-8 minutes or until cooked through. The preheating is important because it's such a short cooking time. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. For adults a bit of salt on them is definitely a good thing.
With crusty bread, this goes down a treat. My son, a keen prawn and garlic lover was always going to be a fan but what was a surprise was the boquerones en vinagre (marinated anchovies) which he was also stealing off my plate. Hmm, got to love toddler tapas!
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