Cheese Baked Tiger Prawns
Making cheese baked tiger prawns for lunch or dinner will not only leave your family wanting for more but is a recipe packed with high protein and the wholesome goodness of iron, zinc and vitamin E!
Medium size prawns / tiger prawns
Herbs – parsley or cilantro or coriander
- Wash the prawns thoroughly then pat them until dry. Half the head where the sharp spike is as well as the sharp end of the tail is then removed from the prawn. The centre of the prawn is slit to remove the black vein that runs down the back of the prawn. Wash thoroughly and dry a satay stick. Then, use the stick and poke it from the prawn’s end, all the way through the body and into the head. This ensures that the prawn is kept straight while cooking. The prawns are carefully lined on a tray pre-wrapped with aluminium foil. Set the tray aside for now.
- Preheat the oven at 190°C for about 20 minutes. Now, it is time to prepare the garlic paste while waiting for the oven to heat up. Chop a generous amount of garlic into fine pieces and put them into a bowl. Then, chop your choice of herbs: either some parsley or cilantro and add it into the chopped garlic. Add some pepper while drizzling some olive oil into the same mixture. Stir it well before scooping the garlic paste and stuffing it into the centre of the prawns (where the slit was made).
- Add sprinkles of mozzarella cheese to taste over the prawns. Drizzle some olive oil over the prawns to avoid them from drying out during the baking process.It is time to put the tray into the oven to bake! Tiger prawns would take between 15-20 minutes to cook. If you are using smaller prawns, reduce the time for baking accordingly. Once the prawns turn reddish in colour, they are ready to be taken out of the oven and served.