These are Hawaiian Deep Sea Prawns. They are only sold whole, with head and shell on. If you like shrimp, you will love these prawns. They can be expensive, but the taste is worth it. And the only way to enjoy them is with minimal seasonings and very little cooking.
This is one way I love to eat these prawns:
1# Hawaiian Prawns
6 ea Garlic Cloves, Chopped
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Coarse Ground Pepper
Put the prawns in a large bowl and toss with garlic, olive oil (to coat), salt and pepper to taste. Marinate for one hour to overnight. *Note: I use the salt sparingly because the prawns are flash frozen straight from the ocean and they retain a bit of that saltiness when defrosted. Also, they are IQF, so you can cook them from frozen for this recipe.
From this point, you can grill them on a bbq, roast them in the oven, or sauté them on the stove. Any of the methods works well, just make sure not to cook them until they dry out. 10 minutes by any of the cooking methods would be long enough.
The prawns pictured here, were roasted under the broiler for about 6 minutes, then they were turned over a roasted for about another 3 minutes. They are juicy, sweet, and melt in your mouth. I do like to eat the head, too. And the shells can be saved to make shrimp bisque. Locals don’t like to waste, it comes from Island living with limited resources.
A taste of aloha in your home from the Islands, enjoy!