What makes tray bake recipes so good?
I love tray bake recipes, you know the recipes that take so little effort to make you wonder why there isn’t a tray bake recipe for every meal on the planet. Well there is, for a pretty large portion of meals at least! This particular tray bake recipe is a king prawn and asparagus tray bake recipe with lemon and garlic. This recipe makes a great lunch option, its light, healthy and low calorie. I’d suggest adding some rice or an extra vegetable to turn this into a hearty dinner.
Do you have a diet restriction?
This recipe is a great choice of you have one of the following diet restrictions:
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
- Low GI
Step 1: Marinate the king prawns
This king prawn recipe is so simple there’s barely anything to write so this could be a very short recipe! The king prawns in this recipe are marinated in a lemon and garlic marinade so this needs to be done first. You can use any king prawns you like but aim for raw and peeled. I remember when i was a child, my nan would get me to help her peel prawns, pull the legs and heads off and honestly, it was a horrible experience that I hope I never have to repeat. You could also use frozen king prawns just defrost them in a fridge before cooking. If you can only find cooked prawns, then make sure you adjust the cooking times so that they only go in 1-2 minutes before the end, they will only need warming up and will dry out easily. I would avoid smaller breeds of prawns for this recipe.
Add your prawns to a bowl and grate in ¼ of a lemons worth of zest, a squeeze of the juice, 2 cloves of garlic, minced or crushed (you could also use 1 tsp garlic powder) ½ tsp of paprika, ¼ tsp of onion flakes and ¼ tsp of chilli flakes. Mix this all together well so that the prawns are evenly coated in the seasonings. Leave the king prawns in the fridge to marinate for 2 hours.
Step 2: Bake your king prawns and asparagus
Once the 2 hours (or as long as you have time for) is up, preheat your oven to 180C and cut the dry ends off of your asparagus spears. Line a baking tray and add your asparagus spears. Place in the oven for 5 minutes to give them a head start. Add the prawns and any of the seasonings from the bowl and place back in the oven for a further 10 minutes. When your prawns are pink and curled they are done.
Transfer to a bowl or plate to serve along with some extra salad or other side dishes.
1. Citrus Infusion
Enhance the citrusy flavors by adding a variety of citrus fruits to the marinade, such as orange or grapefruit zest. This will add a zesty and refreshing twist to your king prawns and asparagus.
2. Herb Garden Delight
Introduce a medley of fresh herbs to elevate the dish. Chop up parsley, dill, and chives, and mix them into the marinade for a burst of herbaceous goodness.
3. Spicy Cajun Kick
Transform your tray bake into a spicy Cajun delight by replacing the chili flakes with Cajun seasoning. Serve the prawns and asparagus over a bed of rice for a complete and satisfying meal.
4. Mediterranean Fusion
Infuse a Mediterranean twist by adding cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and a drizzle of olive oil to the tray before baking. Sprinkle feta cheese on top for a touch of creaminess.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can I use a different type of seafood?
Certainly! Experiment with different seafood options such as scallops, mussels, or even chunks of white fish to create a seafood medley tray bake.
How can I make this dish more filling for dinner?
To turn this into a heartier dinner, serve the tray bake over a bed of quinoa, couscous, or your favorite grain. You can also add roasted sweet potatoes or serve it with a side of crusty bread.
Can I prepare the marinade in advance?
Absolutely! You can prepare the marinade ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to marinate the prawns. This allows for a quick and convenient meal preparation.
Can I grill instead of bake?
Certainly! If you prefer a grilled flavor, you can cook the prawns and asparagus on a preheated grill instead of baking them. Adjust the cooking time as needed.
What other side dishes pair well with this tray bake?
Consider serving this dish with a light salad, quinoa, or a side of sautéed greens to complement the flavours of the king prawns and asparagus.
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