“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Fish „
Birds Eye have been heavily promoting their bake to perfection range of fish dishes lately. The idea behind them is that they are a better class of ready meal than average, you take the packet out of the oven and place it in the oven and in 20 minutes you have a perfectly cooked fish dish. They normally cost £3.99 for two portions of fish in sauce but are on special offer fairly frequently too.
The succulent king prawns in a sweet chilli sauce is a brilliant meal. When you take the little bag out of the freezer you can see about a dozen blue prawns with little dots of orange sauce. The bake perfect bag means that you can cook the meal directly from frozen and while the prawns are cooking you can make some rice and maybe a stir fry to go with them.
Once the prawns are cooked it's time to open the bag and tip them onto a plate. The portion is generous, I would say that the prawns are fairly small for king prawns but they still had a nice firm and meaty texture, prawns are very easy to overcook but these were perfectly done. The sauce is nice and thick and extremely plentiful, it is a nice creamy orange colour with loads of little flecks of fresh chilli and coriander. The sauce did not strike me as being a typical sweet chilli taste, I would describe it as thai in origin, at first it tastes nice and creamy and mild with the taste of lemon, ginger and coriander coming through but once the chilli hits the roof of your mouth it has a real fiery kick. The dish goes perfectly with some boiled jasmine rice with the cool clean flavour of the rice helping to offset the hotness of the chilli.
I really love the simply succulent king prawns in a sweet chilli sauce, the perfect mix of good quality prawns and a tasty sauce. Each portion contains 250 calories so even when you add rice the meal is still healthy and it is a great meal to have in your freezer for those days you can't be bothered to slave over a hot stove but still want something good to eat.
This is a review of Birds Eye Simply Succulent King Prawns. Me and my husband are absolutely addicted to these so I thought I'd better share the good news with you all!
**I'm new to fish**
I don't eat a lot of meat but have really started to enjoy eating fish, just really starting out with tuna, salmon and prawns but I like it! I reallly don't like microwave meals as I find they taste too processed (but these prawns are oven only) and we're trying to introduce a bit of variety into our evening meals so thought I'd give these prawns a whirl.
The prawns come in a box and are found in the freezer section which is quite convenient if you're wanting to prepare a meal quickly. You get two bags in each box and we eat one each. There are enough prawns in one bag to satisfy my prawn quantity ratio but you really need something like rice, baked potato or pasta to make them into a meal.
***Beware the shrinking prawn!***
When frozen, the prawns look a good size and can be seen through the clear steam bag with little orange nuggets (that's the sauce) but after 20 minutes sizzling in the oven they shrink a bit!! You get about 12 prawns in each bag.
***How we have ours***
We usually have our prawns in their sauce on a bed of rice and it's absolutely tasty. The sauce is a little bit spicy (but not too much) and you can still taste the prawn through the sauce - they taste fresh to me and I wouldn't really know they were frozen ones. This is one of the best freezer foods I have discovered.
I bought a couple of boxes when they were on offer at £3 each but have since gone back and bought more at £3.69 a box ... yes they are that good!
In each bag there are: 250 calories, 17.0g fat (11.0g saturates) and 1.9g salt.
These prawns are delicious and although a bit expensive, make a tasty, convenient and quick tea. I wouldn't cook them too often as the fat and salt are a bit high but they are nice for a treat and jazz up rice and pasta to make a tasty meal.
I can't help it I love my fish but I also adore the convenience of some foods after a hectic day with twin toddlers, on my own the last thing I want to do is cook a meal from scratch so I'm often rummaging through the freezer for something to pop in the oven or microwave, however I always like to try new things. I have been quite impressed with the Birds Eye Simply range of steam bags fish which includes their salmon, haddock and now even king prawns.
I seen a box in Asda on offer for £3 instead of the usual £3 odd a deep grey cardboard box which clearly tells us this is Birds Eye Simply Bake To Perfection Succulent King Prawns in a sweet chilli sauce. Theres an appetising picture on the front of the steam bags filled with large and generously sized king prawns smothered in a reddy coloured sauce.
To cook you simply pop the steam bag provided in the oven for the time reccommended on the back of the box!
One bag contains;
I waited patiently for them to cook in my oven and cut the bag open to pour them onto my plate, the first thing I noticed was how generous and thick the sauce was, on top of this I noticed how small these erm 'king' prawns were.
I tucked in and being a greedy sod I ate the whole lot but I havn't bought them since. I love prawns, but when a box tells me king prawns that is what I expect, these had a little bite to them but they were just so small. The sauce began sweet, then became tangy from the chilli but it was extremely thick, spicy and even buttery. It was like sweet chilli ingredients mixed in with butter which was sickly and too heavy on the stomach for my liking. There was alot of the sauce and not enough of the prawns. The prawns were not big, juicy and fishy like I like, or I was expecting, they were small, tasty but just not big and juicy like I wanted! The sauce was a bit too hot, but the thick creamy butteryness died the hotness down slightly. Not a good combination of flavours in my opinion though a thick creamyness and sweet chilli really doesn't combine well at all!