Pork belly and prawn pot stickers (dumplings)
recipe courtesy of Love Australian Prawns
Cooking difficulty: Medium
1. add flavour
2. shape the seafood
3. help keep the flesh together
4. help retain moisture
choose snow, flake or shaved ice and surround the seafood
Seafood can be steamed over plain water, but a concentrated stock flavoured with vegetables, herbs or citrus, for example, will impart a subtle flavour.
If flour is the only coating used, apply it immediately prior to cooking.
Prevent sticking by ensuring that the oil is hot before adding the seafood. But make sure the oil is not so hot that it smokes (unless preparing a Cajun-style "blackened" fish).
If the seafood is to be served cold, it should be covered to retain moisture and flavour and then placed in a chiller for an hour or even overnight.