Pad Thai / Defrosting Prawns

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sarah jacintha

Pad Thai / Defrosting Prawns

Hello all,

I've noticed that frozen, raw King prawns are half prize at a certain supermarket and I immediately thought: Pad Thai - as it's probably the most successful dish I've ever cooked. Everyone loves it.

However, I know that King prawns are different from the Tiger prawns that Delia lists in her version of Pad Thai. Would using King prawns as a substitute be OK? If so, can anybody give me any tips as to how to deal with them (if radically different from Tiger Prawns)?

Also, the packet instructions advocate defrosting them overnight in the fridge - I've only ever used fresh prawns before - and I've very little experience of defrosting (I'm always terrified of food poisoning). Do I keep them in the packet while they defrost - or put them into a bowl?

Advice will be most welcome!

Sarah.

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sam from worthing

pad thai / defrosting prawns

yes leave the prawns in the bag unopened in the fridge overnight.

Yes a perfectly acceptable substitute too.

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sarah jacintha

Thanks!


I looked for a reply after I made the original post and finding none (unusually), I hit 'Yahoo' and found some posts. A few said: Take them out of the bag they're in, put them in a bowl with some cling film over it.

Not sure that was the best idea, cos they've now been in the fridge around 12 hours and still have bits of ice on them. I wonder if this is normal.

Think what I'll do now is take off the cling film and hope for the best.

Thanks for your reply,

Sarah.

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Gerry

frozen prawns

Depends on how cold your fridge is. I tip them out of the bag and they strain over a sieve, before drying and cooking. You won't get poisoned by them finishing thawing in the kitchen.

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sarah jacintha

Ta!

Things turned out great. Nobody died anyway. I overcooked the prawns a bit (anxiety). Next time I won't be such a wuss and they'll taste like they really should. Overall, very happy though.

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Gerry

Prawns

As soon as they go pink, they're done. Easy to overcook.

 
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