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Frying Frozen Scampi

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bookend | 23:08 Wed 13th Sep 2017 | Food & Drink
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Yesterday I enjoyed a meal of scampi in a pub. Unquestionably, the scampi had been cooked from frozen in their breadcrumb/batter coating and looked as if they had been deep fried.

Today, I cooked frozen scampi at home by baking them in the oven for around 10 minutes on one side and 10 minutes on the other. The pack actually said to cook them for about 8 minutes each side. The pack had been bought in a supermarket and offered no other method of cooking other than baking them.

My scampi tasted nothing like the ones I had yesterday and if anything, were not so hot. They were also firmly stuck to the Tefal coated baking tray and looked none too appetising on removal via a fish slice.

I'd like to know if I can deep-fry scampi at home in a deep fat frier and how long I should cook them for if its OK to do this.

Thank you.

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Of course you can.
4/5 mins
Young's are possibly the best known supplier of fish products to supermarkets. Their own instructions for cooking scampi (reproduced here on the Sainsbury's website) state that baking is best but they offer the alternative of three minutes deep-frying:
http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/gb/groceries/youngs-scampi-220g

I suspect that discouraging people from putting frozen products into hot fat is really a health-&-safety thing. If they find that it works with scampi, they might try it with turkey ;-)
I found the same problem, bookend.

I don't like deep-fat friers, so can't help with that, but try making sure the oven is very hot before you put the food in.
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Thank you all for your help. From now on, I'll deep fry my scampi!

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