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Prawn (gambero) it the generic name of many edible and middle size crustaceans (sub order prawnDendobranchiata). They are similar in appearance to shrimp, but prawns can be distinguished by the gill  structure which is branching in prawns (hence the name, dendro=“tree”; branchia=“gill”), but is lamellar in shrimp. It has a long abdomen, and at its end is the tail, permitting to the prawn quickly go back. It is common to distinguish the prawns in two kinds based on their dimension: king prawns (7,90 inches/20 cm) and prawns (2,75 inches/7cm). The see prawns are divided in white or grey (light red) and red or pink (they live deeper). There also the prawns living  in the rivers.

On the market you can find both the grey prawns or the pink prawns: somebody consider the grey better. In any case the most important is the freshness: for this reason prefer the intact product and not the tailwhite prawns only, whose age is more difficult to recognize. Should you have any doubt choose the frozen product: decent results and without intoxication risk.

For cooking prawns the only limits are our fantasy, its meat is tasty and compact, easy to cook in different manners and combined with many ingredients.

prawn clenseBy cleansing prawns remember to remove the intestines (the black rope called vein).  The "vein" can be removed by making a shallow cut lengthwise down the outer curve of the prawn's body, allowing the dark ribbon-like digestive tract to be removed with a pointed utensil. Alternatively, if the tail has been detached, the vein can be pinched at the tail end and pulled out completely with the fingers.  

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a single course cold dish for the summer with fish and prawns



This is a light and healthy recipe with prawns for the spring and when fresh peas are available.




The risotto alla pescatora is a traditional and widespread recipe with prawns.We propose one of the most classic and coded recipes.




A traditional recipe with prawns, always agreeable: the sea salad is very easy to cook  at home, you must only pay attention to cooking the fishes separated, respecting the different cooking times. The result is a tasty and perfumed dish.  It can be served either tepid or cold.



a famous and traditional Italian recipe with prawns, of fantastic perfume and taste. Easy to do but rather demanding. Due to the fact that are necessary many ingredients it is suitable to a dinner or lunch with many people.



filled cuttlefish

The stuffed cuttlefish with prawns is a very tasty dish, also nice to see. Suitable either for lunch or for dinner




prawns volovants

Perfect for a fanciful appetizer or  a fish starter with prawns combined with other small starters: good result without spending much


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prawns filled volovants

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