Prawns with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

I wanted to whip up something different for our last Seafood Saturday of the year.

Read the post after the jump to learn how to cook these simple ingredients into a yummy seafood dish. I swear, the recipe and procedure is fool proof!

To make this, you'll need:
prawns- deveined. Check out my Kitchen How-to post here
salt and chili pepper

Saute garlic in butter.

Add the shrimp one by one, making sure the the pan isn't too over crowded.

You'll see that the shells of the prawn will immediately turn orange.

After a few seconds, flip the prawns over. They really don't need a lot of time to cook.

Immediately, add the lemon zest, basil, and squeeze lemon juice into the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Take the prawns off the heat before they're overcooked!

Mike and I absolutely loved this. We normally enjoy our prawns simply steamed then dipped in vinegar with chopped garlic, salt, and a birds eye chili. I wanted to experiment last weekend since it would be our last Seafood Saturday for the year since the markets will be on break as well. Thankfully, the result was yummy and satisfying :)

If you want to play around with the flavors more, you can add a splash of white wine. Or to make it more Thai, add some sliced bell peppers, ginger and a kafir leaf.

I super enjoyed our Seafood Saturday :) I'm enjoying seafood more now that I'm older. Ahem! :) Weird thing is, 10 years ago, I was highly allergic to shrimp, prawns- crustaceans in general! One time, I was rushed to the hospital because my face was red, blotchy and bloated, and my airway was closing up. They gave me a shot of Benadryl at the ER, and boy, I was one stoned girl who struggled to walk back to the car.

I had anti-histamine tablets and even an epi-pen in my bag all the time. The epi-pen is a big tube with a needle on one end. If I suddenly had an allergic reaction to whatever I ate, I'd have to jab the thing into my thigh, and I had 10 minutes to get to a hospital to get another shot. Yup, scary stuff!

But I've always loved shrimp. When I was a kid, I could eat heaps and heaps during one sitting. When I developed the allergies, I thought maybe I've had my share of shrimp for my lifetime. 

Good thing I overcame the allergy! How? Well, I really don't know. I tried eating a piece once after taking some anti-histamines. Through the years, I'd eat siomai, bagoong (yes, I used to eat kare-kare without bagoong! sad, right?), yangchow rice and other things. I think it was just 2 years ago that I swallowed a prawn whole. And surprise, I didn't die. I weaned off the anti-histamines, too. Yay me!!!!

I'm excited for the markets to open again next year. I'm excited to whip up more seafood dishes like soft-shell crab and giant clams :) And of course, prawns cooked in many other ways :)

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