Friday, June 25, 2010

Fried Prawns

A simple quick dish for dinner. Marinate the prawns, leave in the refrigerator and fry them just before dinner, piping hot, fantastic aroma and crunchy shells to chew on! Give this a try, it is so simple and really delicious. For a tender, sweet and juicy flesh, buy the sea prawns. The fresh water prawns tend to be crunchier but the sea prawns is much more juicy and tasty.

Fried Prawns
Ingredients :
600gm medium prawns
1 tsp celery salt
2 tsp asam jawa (tamarind pulp)
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
some coarse black pepper
oil for frying
chopped cilantro for garnishing

Method :
  1. Clean prawns, remove legs, leaving heads, shells and tails intact. Drain.
  2. Put prawns in a bowl. Add celery salt , black pepper and asam jawa with fingers gently, be careful of the sharp pointed shell (on the head), mashing the asam jawa with fingers as you mix. Cover and leave in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Heat oil for deep frying. Saute chopped garlic until brown and fragrant. Remove and set aside. Fry prawns until cooked and cripsy. This will take only about 3-4 minutes. Do not overfry or prawns will be tough. Dish out.
  4. Garnish with chopped cilantro and the fried garlic. Serve hot. Enjoy!


  1. Love these dry-fried prawns...sounds fantastic with tamarind pulp.
    Have a great weekend!

  2. Hi Angie, Thanks. Hope your weekend was great too!

  3. I absolutely love cooking prawns this way. Simple but so delicious. Have you tried using the same marinade for bbq prawns .. it's even better.

  4. Hi Jo, I have not tried for bbq prawns, yes I think that it will be delicious too! Will have to try it someday.