I never had scampi growing up so I never actually knew what it was. I think I ordered it in a pub once and didn’t like the flavour or texture at all as it felt really processed and not like real fish – and this put me off having it for a long time.
I think I saw in a magazine that scampi is actually supposed to just be prawns which is when I started to do my own healthier version in breadcrumbs and cooked in the oven rather than battered and deep fried. Obviously this tastes nothing like what you expect scampi to be like and is ultimately breaded prawns but I love having a portion of these with some homemade wedges and peas on a Friday night!
Ingredients – serves two
- 175g raw king prawns
- 1-2 handfuls of flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2-3 handfuls of breadcrumbs (I used gluten free bread crusts and made crumbs in the food processor)
- Peas and homemade chips/wedges to serve
Put the flour, egg and breadcrumbs in three separate bowls.
Dredge the prawns in the flour, then coat in eggs and finally toss in the breadcrumbs. You can do this a few at a time.
Lay the prawns out on a baking tray, and cook in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celsius for 3 minutes. Turn the prawns over and cook for a further three minutes.
Serve immediately with a good squeeze of lemon, preferably with some homemade wedges and peas!
* I pan fried some squid and served with half of the prawns for a seafood mix here, with stir fried cabbage and kale and homemade chips.