“ Brand: Young's / Type: Fish „
I'm reviewing Young's whole tail scampi with a hint of lemon. I came across this item in the frozen section in the Co-Op. I thought they would be lovely with some chips but I ended up having them with new potatoes, broccoli and carrots! They are cook from frozen and they do not take long to cook so I thought these would make a quick dinner.
The scampi comes in a plastic bag which is useful because it is so irritating if the bread crumbs go everywhere. The picture on the front shows the scampi itself with a slice of lemon on top. This gives us an idea of what we are eating.
This scampi is made using the tail of langoustines. They are then covered with bread crumbs. Langoustines are a member of the Lobster family and are found around the coast of the Uk and Ireland. They are prawn-like, they have a sweet taste and a very delicate texture. The breadcrumbs make these taste 100% perfect. It is so delicious, I ate the whole pack to myself even though it is meant for two!
These can be found in all good supermarkets and they are usually sold at no more than £2.50. Obviously this is not too cheap because of the high quality fish but, it is worth paying that little bit more for.
The healthy information is that there is 202 kcal per bag and 1.3g of saturated fat which is also great. These make a perfect meal with a bowl of salad or chips and peas for tea!!
To cook these you can either bake them in the oven, deep fry or grill them on medium/high heat.
To bake them you have to play them on a preheated tray in the top half of the oven at 220 degrees or 210 for fan assisted, cook for 15 minutes then leave to stand for 1 minute.
To grill, place them on high or medium setting and cook for 12 minutes.
To deep fry, heat the oil to 180 degrees and cook for 3 minutes.
I really like these scampi because I know they are not cheap and the fish is of a good quality, you sometimes get more breadcrumbs than fish but in these you get two langoustines and enough breadcrumbs to cover. The hint of lemon saves squeezing a lemon on top and it provides that extra burst of flavour to give it a little kick.
The good points are that they taste nice, they don't take long to cook, they use nice and plenty of langoustines and they can be purchased in most supermarkets.
The bad points are that if they are soggy they do not taste very good, they are a little bit expensive and they do not have a lot inside, as I said I ate a pack myself.
I would rate this product 4/5 this is because although the standards are high, I thought the price could be a bit lower as we are in the recession!
Youngs make the very best scampi I reckon, I've had loads of different makes and some have been wicked and others are less scampi and more like fish flavoured slimey lumps. I love the Tesco Value Scampi that is dead cheap for a big bag but whenever I have the Youngs version it shows all other brands up in quality.
The scampi cooks in about 20 mins in the oven and the pieces are all very large. Don't worry about that though because it's the scampi that is big and they haven't put a big thick layer of breadcrumbs over it to make the pieces look bigger than they are!
They look yummy after they've been cooked, the breadcrumbs are golden brown and the pile of scampi on my plate always makes my mouth water.
The scampi itself is juicy and has got a gorgeous seafood taste, it's hard to describe the taste of scampi because it's like a cross between fish and seafood but this is the best and freshest tasting scampi I've eaten outside of the pub.
The breadcrumbs go so good with the scampi, they have got a bit of a burned taste that mixes gorgeous with the fishy scampi. I also like how crispy the breadcrumbs stay because I think they sometimes go a bit soggy especially on the bottom, but that doesn't happen with these.
I like dipping my Youngs scampi in a bit of tartare sauce or sometimes just plain mayo, it's not that they need anything to bring the flavours out it's just that sometimes I prefer scampi with the taste of something else. Talking of that I've got some Youngs Scampi Kievs in the oven at the minute, they're a new product and are extra big pieces of scampi with garlic butter inside. They smell yummy, I've suggested the product so will write a review once it's approved. And with that I've got to go because the timer is going off and my dad is tutting because I'm here typing instead of running to the oven to switch the beeping off! lol
I love fish and seafood. Actually, I think I love food!
But Scampi is an old favourite. Can you think of anything better than crisp breadcrumbs surrounding soft, juicy scampi, served with chips, peas and carrots and a dollop of tartare sauce?
Oh my mouth is watering just typing this, and I've just enjoyed just that.
I've tried the cheaper versions of breaded scampi over the years, but always come back to Youngs, although it costs around £4 for a 250g bag, which contains 16-18 pieces in my experience.
So, why Youngs?
Well, the quality foremost. The breadcrumb coating crisps in the oven to perfection, and is a coating. The cheaper brands I've tried seem to be mainly breadcrumbs hiding tiny little tails deep within. With Youngs, the tails dominate the product - as it should be. It means that the coating crisps up, while the tails inside cook just so. They stay juicy and soft. Cheaper brands tend to go crunchy outside to get the tails cooked. Don't like that.
Youngs Wholetail Scampi has 75% less saturated fat than previously (2008), so that's good for my balanced diet. They cook in 15 minutes on 220C (or 200C if fan oven) so that's good for my lifestyle.
What is scampi?
Youngs scampi is made from langoustines - a relative of wealthy lobster. They take the tails, coat them in light golden breadcrumbs then freeze them. That's why it's called Wholetail Scampi.
Nutrition, per half pack:
253 calories, 1.7g sugar, 10.2g fat (which saturates 1.4g), 1.7g salt, and Nil trans-fats.
Scampi will always be a firm favourite in my family, and Youngs will remain the brand of choice