“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Seafood „
When it comes to King Prawns they really aren't something that I buy very often at all. I will buy them when I see them on offer or want them for a sort of special meal however I do eat little tiddler prawns often in curries and stir-fry concoctions that I create.
However recently I had company and silly me offered to cook once again. I don't know why I do this when A) I don't like cooking very much and B) I can't cook great however sometimes my mouth rules brain it has to be said!
These come in a grey plastic pack with a see through 'window' to it so you can see some of the prawns you are about to buy through it and on front of the bag we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and a bit about them, the weight is stated which is 225g and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and on the back ingredients and things like that are given plus contact details for Tesco are stated. The bag isn't resealable though you can tear it and knot it if you want to or so as I do with bags such as this and use a freezer clip.
The King Prawns:
For £6.50 for a not a huge bag of King prawns I did expect alot for my money and I as stated earlier I did buy these especially to create a special meal with. The prawns are light pink in colour, plump and quite large and all they are prawns with salt and water. They are deveined and steam cooked and of course contain no shells so are ready to use.
I simply defrost mine before using them so they don't go rubbery when cooked and this didn't take above an hour at room temperature to do so.
I tasted one when defrosted and was delighted with it. Nice soft and unchewy texture, fish flavoured nicely and not overly seasoned and no nasty bits were apparent in any of the prawns. The size was great being not huge but big enough to provide flavour and so I was then happy to pop them into a stir-fry I was making to which I cooked off some veg and sauce first then popped these in just for a couple of minutes and served with noodles. They didn't fall apart through cooking and didn't toughen up and gave a delightful fish flavour to my dish to which my fellow diner complimented me on.
Yes at £6.50 a bag they are pricey but in this case you do get what you pay for. You can use them however you want to, uncooked or reheated and although I won't be buying them just for me to consume will do when I have company and want to impress!
Whats more half a pack of these only contains 87 calories and just 0.2g of saturated fat so not only are they tasty they aren't bad for you neither!
Only available from the frozen aisle in Tesco stores.
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I'm rather fond of fish, shellfish being one of my favourites, especially prawns. I live in a lovely part of the world and the most delicious prawns can be caught in the sea less than a mile away - but as is often found with local produce, they are extremely difficult to purchase in their place of origin - and unless I row out in a little boat and throw some prawn pots over the side to catch them (which the Baron and I have done occasionally) I don't often get to enjoy them often.
Instead most of my prawn purchases are at Tesco, and as the Finest range has been revamped I thought I'd treat myself and instead of my regular Everyday Value Prawns I'd get the big posh fellas instead!
To be honest, I actually prefer the flavour of smaller prawns, but Baron Spanielmeister likes King Prawns better, so I thought a treat would put me in the good books.
The packaging is different to the photo shown - the design is now black, white and grey with a little bit of prawny pink text - and of course a little window for the prawns to peek through!
The Prawns are peeled and fully cooked by steaming which according to the text "preserves their natural taste and texture". They originate from "warm tropical waters" (as opposed to the "Baltic" cold waters that local prawns come from), they have a protective ice glaze and the ingredients contain salt.
Half a pack contains 90 calories.
The species name is "penaeus vannamei" which can sound like rude words depending on how you pronounce it, so I like to announce it at the table loudly when serving up - especially when we have company.
I usually find that King Prawns lack flavour, and while they look nice are a bit bland, but these Finest prawns had perhaps the best flavour of cooked frozen King Prawns I've tasted. They were very large, meaty and juicy - and all traces of the yucky grey vein were removed. I usually serve them cold with salad and a little dish of sweet chilli dipping sauce or mayonnaise and brown bread. Although they are ready cooked, I also threw some into a Tom Yum soup I'd made, and while they shrunk a bit they didn't turn too rubbery or tasteless.
I still do prefer the flavour of small prawns, but if I was ever buying king prawns for a specific recipe or person again I would choose these over any other brand I've had. At £6.50 for 225g they are much more expensive than other king prawns (and a considerable bit more than the Everyday Value ones) but paying the extra does mean you enjoy a better quality and better tasting king prawn. I would therefore buy these only as a treat and use them very sparingly indeed.
As Tesco have expanded their Finest range, it would have been nice to see some of my favourite prawns included - if you a Tesco Buyer reading this they are the species Nephrops Norvegicus - and I can direct you to the right fishing waters. You'll have to row your own boat however!
Thank you for reading.
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The prawns are from the Tesco Finest range, and can be found in the freezer section of Tesco. They are £5.00 for 200g (excluding the ice glaze). The prawns come cooked, shelled and ready to eat once they have been defrosted. These are farmed prawns, and they come from 'tropical waters' according to the Tesco. The ingredients are listed as prawns, water and salt - in that order.
Now, I've eat a lot of prawns, mainly on account of them being one of only several shellfish that I like, and these are the best ones I've tasted outside of a restaurant (and actually better than the quality of some I've eaten in restaurants!).
I''ve tried almost all of the king prawns available in supermarkets, frozen and fresh, with mixed results. I don't know if anyone else has experienced this but I've noticed that, unfortunately, a lot of prawns have a tendency to 'pop' in your mouth - the skin feels tight and when you bite into the prawn it just bursts - and the texture of the fish is rubbery. Urgh!!! I've eaten a lot like that and when I get one I am unable to finish the dish because I feel quite nauseous! I've never experienced this with these prawns which is partly I love them so much - because I'm confident that there are no nasty surprises lurking in my dinner.
These prawns are everything a king prawn should be - plump, firm, succulent and meaty with a delicate, sweet flavour. They are also a seriously good size and I can get a main course for two out of one bag no problem. I can feed three to four people if they are going to be used for a starter. Tesco states that to defrost, you should remove them from the freezer and defrost over a period of eight hours or so. I have to admit that, on occasion when I've been pushed for time, I've lobbed them from the freezer into a dish of warm water and they have defrosed in minutes. This hasn't been detrimental to the quality at all in my experience.
Although they are expensive Tesco usually has them on a half price offer three or four times a year, so I stock up then.
The bag contains two servings and the nutritional guidelines (per serving) on the packet are as follows:
Calories: 80kcal, 4% of your GDA
Sugar: 0.3g, 1% of your GDA
Fat: 0.9g, 1% of your GDA
Saturates: 0.3g, 2% of your GDA
Salt: 1g, 17% of your GDA
I've given this product four stars simply because of the cost, but if I were simply rating on the quality of the product then it would be a five.