local BC spot prawns are in season! hooray!

2 Jun

It’s all the rage.  When spot prawns are in season in Vancouver, you’ll find that a whack of restaurants start having spot prawn courses and specialty dishes using these local shrimpies.  These guys come right out of the Pacific and a surprising 90% of the harvest is frozen and sold to Japan.  Here in Vancouver you can find them live and therefore super fresh at the Fisherman’s Wharf near Granville Island ($12/lb) or even at grocery stores like T&T ($7.99/lb).

The texture and taste is very much like lobster, firm and very sweet.  Coupled with a garlic butter stir fry thing with some fresh veggies, my house gobbled them up in no time.

Cook ’em the same day that you buy them if you’re buying them live.  Peel them or cook them whole but whatever you do, don’t boil them!  Their flavour will seep into the water and they are SO tasty that you just can’t do that!

Here’s my recipe for a garlic butter seafood one-wok kind of dish!

What you need!
1 lb live spot prawns
1 lb manila clams
2 cups snowpeas
1/2 green pepper
8 garlic cloves
6 tbsp of butter
1/4 cup red onions
6-8 fresh basil leaves
1 lemon
olive oil

What to do!

1.  Prepare your veggies!  Slice the green pepper and red onion into thin strips.  Wash and snip of the ends of the snowpeas if needed.

2.  Mince the garlic and slice your basil thinly

3.  If you have just purchased your shrimp, give them a good rinse in a sink full of water.

4.  Do the same with the clams and hopefully they open up a little to release any sand.

5.  In a large wok on high heat, drizzle some olive oil and add in garlic and red onion. Sautee until soft and beginning to colour.  Add in the butter, allow it to melt, and dump in your drained clams.  Stir for a few minutes and then add in the green pepper.

6.  Now you have to work kind of fast!  Add in the shrimp, quickly stir it around and put a lid on the whole shabang.  Watch the clams….you’ll see that they’ll start opening up all of a sudden and the shrimp will go from red and translucent to a more opaque colour (their tails will also tuck under).  Take the lid off after a few minutes and keep stirring!  Add in your snowpeas, squeeze in the lemon and finish with the basil.  Add a sprinkle of salt and mix until everything looks perfect.  Serve with some bread and you’re good to go!  Enjoy!

Friendly note: throw out any clams that haven’t opened after cooking!

Approx Costs:

clams – $3.00
prawns – $8.00
veggies – $2.50
other – $1.00

Total: $12.50 for 3 servings or $4.16 each


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