One of my favorite restaurants has an appetizer on the menu that I order almost every time I eat there. I always try to force myself to order something new, but I almost never succeed. It’s very simple. Big, crispy, breaded, prawns with a honey chipotle glaze for dipping. I could eat about 256 in one sitting, but I think the dish comes with five. Which I guess, is a lot more reasonable and a lot less gluttonous. Pfft.
Anyways, (I feel like I’ve been doing this a lot lately) since the first time I tasted these little babies, I couldn’t stop thinking about different ways I could use them. A lot of times I will just whip them up as an appetizer and serve them with a store bought sweet chili sauce for dipping. But yesterday I was craving tacos and got the great idea to make these prawns instead of my normal, spicy ground beef mixture.
They turned out great, super yummy and flavorful and added some much needed crunch to the tacos without having to add any stupid lettuce.
Unfortunately the recipe is kind of involved the way I made it, but feel free to make yours with whatever toppings you like.
Crispy Prawn Tacos:
1 lb large Prawns
3 Cups Panko Breadcrumbs
1 cup Flour
2 Tbsp Water
Salt and Pepper
Canola Oil (for Frying)
Pour the Flour into a shallow dish and season with salt and pepper. Beat the eggs and water in another shallow dish. In one last dish add the Panko breadcrumbs. Bread the prawns by first coating in the seasoned flour, then dipping in the egg and lastly coating with the breadcrumbs, press the panko on to each prawn to coat well.
In a heavy bottom pot pour about 2 inches of oil. Heat over medium high heat, it’s ready when you drop in a breadcrumb and it sizzles and bubbles right away. Fry the prawns in small batches, and set aside on a stack of paper towels to absorb excess oil.
While still hot, season with salt to taste.
Other yummy toppings would be shredded cabbage, jalapenos, spicy mayo, Sour cream, oh and stupid lettuce I guess.
Panko Prawns in a Taco = Magic.
That is the only math equation I will ever teach you.