Prawns are a popular food, but even those who’ve had it before might have some questions on how to approach different prawn dishes. You need to know what utensils are best, how to peel them, and when it’s okay to eat the shell.
- Prawn cocktail: Most of the shell is already removed, so grab the tail with your fingers, give it a dip, and eat the whole prawn in one bite. To get the tail meat, pinch the tail shell as you carefully pull with your teeth.
- Butterfly prawn: To eat a butterfly prawn, grab the tail with your fingers and use a small fork to pull all the meat away from the shell. Repeat on the other half.
- Prawn tempura: When a prawn is fried like it is tempura style, you can eat the shell. No need for any peeling whatsoever. Grab a prawn and crunch away. Even the head is up for grabs.
- Whole grilled prawn: Twist off the head, then suck all the meat and juices out of it. Then either eat the prawn whole, shell and all, or peel the shell off with your fingers. No need for a knife and fork either way.
Whether it’s “shrimp on the barbie” or prawns battered and deep fried, you’re now ready to tackle a prawn feast.