Japanese food is possibly one of the easiest cuisines to fall in love with. Why not when some of their most popular dishes are deep fried? Those who love munching on something crunchy will find lots of things to enjoy from their wide range of offerings.
Tempura is one of the most popular dishes the Japanese have offered to the world. It’s an enjoyable snack and appetizer mostly because of its irresistible crunch.
Like many deep fried concoctions, these fried prawns are crispy on the outside and then juicy on the inside. Some people love to mix it in a garlicky sauce. If you’ve ever tried this, you know that they’re just like potato chips. You can’t seem to stop at just one.
It’s a good thing you can just make deep-fried prawn at home. Here’s a simple recipe to get you started, and you get instructions on how to make the garlic dip too.
½ teaspoon of salt
1 cup of Panko breadcrumbs
1 pound of prawns that have been thawed, peeled, and deveined
2 teaspoon of garlic powder
For the Garlic Dip:
⅛cup of oil
⅛ cup of water
½ teaspoon of salt
4 cloves garlic peeled, pressed
- Start with the garlic dip first, so when you prepare the prawns you can serve them right when they’re hot.
- Mix the oil and water (never mind about how oil and water doesn’t mix) in a deep dish and whisk for a minute.
- Add the salt and pressed garlic and then whisk again to mix them all together. Then set it aside for a while.
- Now it’s time for the prawns. You can use a deep fryer and fill it with oil. If you don’t have a deep fryer, you can make do with a heavy cast iron pot, which you can then fill with 2 inches of oil.
- Set the heat to 350 degrees. (On a stove, this is the medium-high setting.)
- Use running water to wash the cleaned prawns. Then use a towel to dry them off.
- Combine the salt, garlic powder, and breadcrumbs in to a gallon-sized bag.
- Add the prawns into the bag, and then shake the bag so the contents cover the prawns all over.
- When the oil is hot enough, you can then drop about 4 or 5 of the prawns at a time. Fry them until they turn golden.
- Take them out and then drain them with paper towels to absorb the oil. Do the same for your remaining prawn pieces.
- Once you’re done draining them, serve them right away with your garlic dip.
Health Benefits of Deep Fried Prawns:
For most people, prawns are only usually enjoyed on special occasions. Like other kinds of shellfish, they’re not easily available everywhere, so not everyone can incorporate them in their diet.
This might be a good thing as prawns tend to have high cholesterol content. So if you already have cholesterol issues, it might not be the best thing to eat regularly.
However, this doesn’t mean that prawns aren’t nutritious. In fact, they can give you the following:
1. Lots of protein
A 100g serving of prawns will give you 20 g of protein.
2. Omega-3 fatty acids
3 ounces of this shellfish will give you 295 mg of omega-3 fatty acids. This makes prawns a good source of this nutrient.
3. Other essential nutrients
You can also get the following from prawns:
- Vitamins E and B12
But then again as prawns have 166 mg of cholesterol on its own, deep frying them will only add more fat and cholesterol to your dish. But when you enjoy this dish on an occasional basis, it’s not a problem.
Surely you have off days with your diet. On those days, you may want to think about this deep fried prawn recipe to have yourself and your friends a good time!