Spot prawns are a delicious seafood menu item, frequently harvested on the west coast of the United States and Canada, in the Pacific Ocean. Spot prawns are known for their flavor, which is sweet, and firm physical texture. The name is actually a misnomer, as spot prawns are actually shrimp. In fact, they are the largest out of the seven shrimp species commercially harvested in the local area.
In what forms can you buy spot prawns? They generally are available in ways such as live, fresh, or frozen. If fresh or frozen, then they may be sold either whole or "tailed" (having the head and thorax removed). Fresh is preferred for quality reasons, as once a spot prawn starts to die, an enzyme from its head begins to spread throughout the whole prawn and soften it. If they are only "fresh," check to see whether the firm texture is still present, and avoid spot prawns smell like ammonia rather than the sea, or have many black spots.
Spot prawns can be used in a variety of meals. Common methods of cooking them include: fried, grilled, barbecued, sautéed, boiled, roasted, baked, steamed, and in soup. They are also served raw in sushi dishes. There are many spot prawn recipes, so feel free to try one that is appetizing for the people you will be cooking for.
The exact amounts may vary from time to time and one spot prawn to the other, but the general nutrition details of the raw, edible portions are as follow, per 1 ounce (28 grams):
Spot prawns are typically found at various points between any of the following areas: Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Japan, and Korea. In California, some particular destinations for catching spot prawns are San Diego and the Santa Barbara Channel. They can sometimes be caught at depths reaching near 1600 feet. Frequently, however, they are caught at much lesser depths of a few hundred feet, using traps in the longline fishing technique. Fresh and frozen spot prawns are sold by the Seafood Connection in Westport, Washington.
The scientific name for the spot prawn is: Pandalus platyceros.