One of the most sought after prawns in professional kitchens worldwide, beautiful Carabineros are a large deep-sea prawn species that hail from Eastern Atlantic into the Mediterranean Sea. Known by a plethora of names, to the Spanish and Portuguese as Carabineros, to the English as Scarlet Shrimp or Cardinal Prawns, and to the French as the Crevette Imperiale, they are renowned for their jumbo size and striking bright red colour.
Carabineros translates literally as police, reputedly because the colour of their shells matched the uniforms of Spanish customs police. Yet, their distinct red colour does not change when cooked , as does a lobster shell from blue to red when boiled.
More distinct and robust in flavour than other shrimps or langoustines, they are also appreciated for their large size. While their meat is mainly concentrated in the tail, their cephalothoraxes (head and body) are not to be overlooked, and are excellent for making clear and creamed soups and sauces to which it adds flavour and red colour. None of this prawn should go to waste, as Spanish consider the flavour of their heads as a delicacy.
Carabineros are traditionally prepared in Spain by simply cooking them under the gril and sating them at the end. Some suggest that they should be treated as a delicate small lobster versus a simple shrimp. Regardless, they can be poached, sauteed, steamed and are excellent in paellas and robust stews, etc. There is many michelin star chefs that value the plate appeal of their colour and size when served whole.
Our Carabineros are caught off the coasts of Morocco or Spain. Whole and head on, they are individually quick frozen on the boats to ensure their freshness and packaged in 1Kg boxes. Each carabinero weighs around 50 to 60 grams. To defrost them, simply bring the carabineros out of the freezer and allow them to natural defrost for 1 hour, cook immediately once defrosted.
Format: 1Kg of Carabinero Prawns served frozen in a polysterene box.
Sanlucar de Barrameda Fish Market (Cadiz)
We specialise in the import of Andalucían prawns caught within the gulf of Cadiz and sold in the fish market of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. One of the most sought after prawns in professional kitchens worldwide, beautiful Carabineros are a large deep-sea prawn species with a striking bright red colour. Sanlúcar prawns are a National treasure, valued all over Spain for their taste and quality, the only prawn with a designation of origin.