The Attack of the Spot Prawns

Diana Chan May 10, 2011 Food for Thought

As you have heard, spot prawns are in season! Since it was Mothers Day, we decided to indulge in those tasty creatures. We went to T&T to get enough for the dinner. They were selling for $11/pound. We got 4 pounds and it filled up a grocery bag. They wrap the prawns in wet newspaper to keep it alive till you begin cooking them.

If you don’t plan on cooking them right away, put them in the fridge so they can just chill there. It kind of puts them to sleep.

The prawns were quite big, so you might be tempted to play with them. My sisters were playing with a few of them. When they began squirming, the little sister started screaming and ran away. We didn’t do anything to the prawns before cooking. There are lots of different ways to prepare the prawns, but we just decided to boil them. That’s the only way my family likes to eat them.

When the water came to a boil, we dumped them into the pot. This was a 2 person job – one person prevented them from jumping out of the pot and the other just dumps them into it.

We tried our best, but one prawn was brave and just jumped out of the pot. These prawns are fierce! hahaha. My little sister started screaming again and ran away because she feared the prawns would attack.

They all got into the pot and we just waited till the water came to a boil again. Clearly, I was anticipating this meal.

We kept it simple with the boiled prawns, vegetables and a hot pepper infused soy sauce. We didn’t use any chopsticks or utensils for our meals. We were basically animals ripping the prawns apart and dipping them in the sauce. Since all our hands were so gross, we just used our hands to eat the vegetables. Very gross, but that’s how we did it on Mothers Day.

Since the prawns were quite big, we all finished it very fast between the 5 of us. My mother kept saying how she would have preferred getting the smaller spot prawns so she could sit at the table eating for longer.

Do you have any interesting prawn stories?

About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.


  1. Christy May 10, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Simplicity is the best! I love the boiled version of prawns the best, as it maintains the natural taste and sweetness (not to mention the freshness) of the prawns and is just so delicious that you can never stop at one 😀

  2. DesignGirl May 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

    haha very true! I treat them like they are potato chips. Nom nom nom nom

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