Butterfly Prawn (with a twist)!

Most birthdays, my family and I go out to eat; typically in Chinese restaurants. We usually get the same things to eatchicken & corn soup (which one of my mom's staff once referred to as ogi [pap]), spring rolls, rice, a protein sauce, and of course Chapman. Every once in a while my mom would get butterfly prawn. The first time I tried it I LOVED itit was crunchy, a bit salty, and the prawn meat was always succulent. However, when I've ordered butterfly prawn more recently, there was more flour coating than prawnwhich we can blame forever increasing prices of food in Nigeria.

I haven't had butterfly prawn in a while mainly because I now strive to eat gluten-free/paleo/low carb, which means no flour at all (I don't always succeed but I'm trying lol). 

One day I thought, plantain batter would be be wonderful why not try to make it with a less refined carb like the almighty PLANTAIN! 

Butterfly prawn is usually fried but to go along with the "healthier for you" theme, I baked it instead. And it was amazingggg! Super summer grill vibes from this one, even though summer is almost over.

Enough talking, lets cook! 

What you'll need

2-3 king prawns
1 ripe plantain
1 egg
1 habanero/ scotch bonnet/ ata rodo
1/4 chopped medium onion
sprigs of cilantro

s e a s o n i n g s
- salt
- teaspoon of curry powder
- teaspoon of chili flakes
- teaspoon of ginger powder
- teaspoon of garlic powder

What you'll do:

1. Wash and season the prawns with salt (I also added adobo seasoning) and keep in the fridge for about 20 mins.

2.  Preheat oven to 375 F. Peel plantain and chop into cubes. Add into blender, starting with the egg, then onion, pepper, and seasonings. Blend into a thick paste.

3. Coat the prawns with the plantain batter. Then place on parchment paper (It might stick to foil. But if you don't have parchment paper you can grease the foil). Bake for 15 mins at 375 or until batter is browned.


I served this with sweet potato chips (aka Dundun), sprinkled with cilantro and served it with my chili sauce mixed with ketchup. TRUST ME, if you love pepper like I do spicy ketchup is your friend!

Let me know if you try this, by commenting down below!

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