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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Last year - 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Garlic Ginger Tiger Prawns


We've been buying a lot more seafood lately and trying new fish recipes with our purchases. It's been a way to travel and remember our previous trips. This past week I purchased some beautiful Skull Island Tiger Prawns. 
These tiger prawns are the biggest found in Australia, at almost 3oz a piece with 5-6 to a lb! Skull Island Tiger Prawns come from the world’s first Marine Stewardship Council certified tropical prawn fishery, they are ecologically sustainable and have a minimal impact on the environment. With that information, what's to stop you from giving them a try! 
    These beauties reminded me of our wonderful houseboat tour in Alappuzha (Alleppey), Kerala. We spent 2 wonderful days floating on the backwaters, and eating some of the most deliciously fresh seafood.  One of our stops was a floating seafood market to purchase fish straight from the fishermen for dinner, and of course we picked the live King Prawns when we saw them. This deliciously simple preparation of them, I learned in that little galley kitchen from our houseboat chef and it was a great memory to recall.

These flavorful Tiger Prawns are crispy on the outside and sweet, juicy and garlicky on the inside. Here is my recipe:

Cooking for Kishore

Ingredients

  • 1 lb U6 Tiger Prawns, about 5-6
  • 3-4 Tbsp Garlic Ginger Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • Ghee/Vegetable Oil

Instructions

  1. Using scissors cut the prawns shell up its back from head to tail. Devein shrimp and rinse throughly under cool water making sure not to remove the shell.
  2. In a bowl mix garlic ginger paste, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Coat prawns throughly in the marinade, and make sure to fill the cut shells on the back with the marinade mixture. Let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Heat ghee/oil in a pan to medium high heat and once hot add the prawns. Cook crispy light brown, ~3 minutes, flip and cook for another ~3 minutes.
  4. Place on a prepared dish covered with lettuce. Serve hot with rice and Enjoy!
Yield: Serves 5-6
Prep Time: 15 mins. 
Cook time: 10 mins. 
Total time: 25 mins. 
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