“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Fish „
I have a huge love of fish. To me its a healthy option and personally I love prawns (particularly king prawns of course) as well as mussels. However king prawns can be very expensive to have a taste for so when I am out shopping I will keep my offers for bargains in the department. In a local convenience store I spotted a box of two packs of these (in a box) for just £3.00 however a quick investigation online shows me these usually retail for about £4.00 in a pack (in alot of supermarkets), so widely available these are!
These come in a black, red and blue box with a picture shown of these cooked up and served and we are clearly told what they are and who they are by along with a freezer safe symbol being shown as well as an a glance nutritional chart being shown then on the back of the box other information listed includes the ingredients and allergy advice being given along with a full nutritional chart and cooking instructions, the size is stated which is 280g and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated.
The Prawns In Chilli Sauce:
What you get is two sealed bags of prawns in silver foil with a section of clear plastic to the top of each. The prawns inside are uncooked so are grey and all you do is put a pack (one pack really is per person and remember here you get two of them) and bung them in the oven. I found mine cooked in 20 minutes straight from the freezer....so a quick meal these really can be however do be careful when emptying the prawns and sweet chilli sauce out of the bag as a whole lot of steam comes out as you do so.
In one bag I ended up with about 15 large, well cooked and juicy light pink prawns with a large serving of the sweet chilli sauce which was a light orange colour and you could see small pieces of fresh red chilli in it. The sauce was quite thin and mingled with prawn juice but smelt really nice and I got loads of it and my prawns had been nicely marinaded in it.
You can serve these any way you like and I had one pack and cooked up some rice and mixed the lot together, the other I had on a jacket potato and I really,really liked these. They were great quality with no nasty bits in the mix and although you could taste a hot and sweetness from the lovely sweet chilli sauce you could still taste the delicate flavour of prawns too.
These are just so handy to have in the freezer. Tasty, easy to heat through and very versatile and me, I shall certainly be purchasing these in the future even if I end up paying the full retail price for them and I think these are great if you have an unexpected guest arrive and you want to impress!
Another bonus of this tasty meal is that one pack only contains 305 calories however shockingly they do contain a whopping 17g of saturated fat.....worth it though as a treat!
I buy these quite regularly to have in the freezer at home as it makes a delicious meal with barely any preparation or thought gone into it. It is a frozen product but when you take them out of the freezer to cook in the oven they only take 15 mins to cook which is a great time in order to get a nice meal out of something. I eat them with either linguine or noodles, very quick, no fuss...perfect. Plus it is absolutely delicious.
The product comes in a sturdy cardboard box which shows a picture of the bag of prawns inside on the cover alongside a whole chilli. The purpose of the chilli is to represent the flavour of the prawns inside; sweet chilli. Inside the cardboard box are 2 separate packets of frozen prawns, 1 bag per person. Each packet of prawns is a silver plastic wrapper with a clear strip on one side so that you can see right through to the prawns. The prawns at this stage are raw and grey and there are small frozen little balls of sweet chilli butter in the pack as well.
After 15 minutes in the oven they are thoroughly cooked and will change from their original grey colour to a lovely pink colour. It can be quite tricky opening the packet with all the hot runny sauce in there so I would definitely recommend an adult opens it (for this reason I have marked the product a 4 and not a 5). Once you've opened it you can pour the whole lot of prawns and sauce onto your plate or bowl (on top of linguine or something like that if you're me!). It smells so spicy and sweet.
There are plenty of prawns in each packet, they are generous with the amount they put in and there is enough sauce to accompany them. The prawns taste so lovely and fresh -even though they were frozen to begin with. The sauce is very fiery with the chillis in it but absolutely gorgeous, just sweet enough but with a big kick to it. You need to be a fan of spicy chilli foods to enjoy this meal.
A great quick meal to make and you don't need any fresh ingredients in the fridge to be able to make it, just add pasta from the cupboard.
This costs £3.99 in Tescos which isn't that cheap but is worth it in my opinion. They are available in other supermarkets as well but are not always stocked in each one. There are 290 calories and 22g of fat in each packet.
I am quite fussy about my fish, I like it to be fresh and preferably just out of the sea but I had see television adverts for this frozen fish from Birds Eye and liking things with a bit of convenience decided to give it a try.
Their baked to perfection range is a selection of finest fish fillets and seafood, complemented with a herb infused butter sauce and wrapped in a bake perfect bag. According to the side of the box they say that, "Only the most succulent cuts of fish are selected for the bake to perfection range to ensure you get the freshest, chunkiest and flakiest fillets or the juiciest king prawns for mouth watering meals."
I decided to try the succulent king prawns with a sweet chilli sauce. The prawns come in two foiled sealed bags. I would say there are about 20 prawns in each bag, enough for one serving and there are two foil sealed bags in the box that you buy. The box cost me £3 so I thought this was very good value because prawns can be very expensive. Now, the foil is there to lock in the flavour so that when you cook it I guess all the flavour stays in the bag and infuses into the fish. Apparently there is also a heat seal around the foil bag but unfortunately there must have been a whole in one of mine as the juice ran out all over the pan I was cooking the prawns in. Thankfully I didn't just put them in the oven as that would have caused a really big mess! One side of the foil bag is also see-through so it allows you to see the fish when it is cooking which I think is a really good idea so you can make sure you are not over cooking them.
The prawns were very easy to cook. You basically put the bags in the oven for 20 minutes and then they are done. When they are done you then have to get them out of the bag which I found a bit tricky. The foil cooled down quickly so I wasn't worried about burning myself but I did find it a bit tricky trying to cut the bag open, transfer the prawns to the plates and make sure I didn't loose any of the juices. I think though if you just hold the bag and cut over the plate it comes out ok.
I have to say I was very impressed with these prawns. They had a wonderful flavour and the juices went nicely over the spaghetti I added it to. This means you don't have to add any additional sauces which is nice. They also tasted really fresh, were not rubbery at all and you would never know that they had been previously frozen. I also served the dish with cooked vine ripened tomatoes and it made a wonderful meal. It was quick and easy and I will from now on always keep a pack in the freezer for quick meals. The box I had had a best before end date of 11/2010 so they last for a long time.
Per 100g there are 178 calories which I did not think was too bad either. The only problem now is finding these prawns in the shops again as I've looked quite a few times now and they always seem to be sold out!!
Having recently tried the Wild Pink Salmon Fillets from the Birds Eye Simply Baked to Perfection range I decided to try some of the other varieties available and my first pick was the Succulent King Prawns with a Sweet Chilli Sauce.
These are again found in the freezer section of your supermarket and are stored in the freezer at home and are cooked from frozen in the oven. This is perfect for a meal when you come in tired and can't be bothered cooking from scratch or haven't got anything out. Each box contains two packs of the prawns in a sealed foil bag. They are easy to cook you simply take them out of the freezer place them on a baking tray and place them in the middle of the oven to be cooked at 190C or 170C for a fan assisted oven or Gas Mark 5 for 20 minutes.
The foil bag contains plenty of prawns and the sweet chilli sauce, when it is cooked remove the bag, shake gently then cut open the end of the bag with scissors, be careful not to burn yourself on the steam from the bag. I served the prawns with some noodles, each foil pack had plenty of prawns in it and a good portion of sweet chilli sauce which was great mixed up with the noodles. Rice would be another perfect option for this. The prawns were reasonably big, juicy and tender and the sweet chilli sauce was delicious it had the right mix of chilli kick and flavour and made for a great and easy meal.
Each pack / portion contains the follwoing nutritional information:
I cannot recommend these highly enough, they are delicious, tasty and very very easy to make. I will definitely be keeping a box of them in my freezer for those days. They normally retail at £3.99 per box although shop around as you often find them at £3 in one of the supermarkets, they are available at most major supermarkets.
Very Very tasty - i think I may just have put myself in the mood for them.