Friday, September 5, 2014

Prawns with Chilli Bean Sauce and Fresh Coriander

Made this prawn dish for our weeknight dinner. It was so yummy, that by the time dinner was over, the plate was totally clean, even to the last bit of the remaining sticky sauce!

Get medium to large prawns for this dish.

Yum! Yum! The thick sticky gravy is so delicious eaten with rice. There's not much gravy, but whatever there is, was scrapped off clean!

A family favourite!

Prawns with Chilli Bean Sauce and Fresh Coriander
(recipe by Kitchen Flavours)
600gm medium to large prawns
1 heaped tablespoon chilli bean sauce
1 heaped tablespoon plum sauce
1 tablespoon sugar, to taste
2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine
1/4 tsp black soy sauce
2 tablespoons chopped ginger
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 fresh red chilli, seeded and chopped (optional)
generous bunch of fresh coriander leaves and young stems, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup water
1 tsp cornflour mixed with 1 tbsp water

Prepare the prawns :
Trim off legs and feelers, leaving shells intact. Make a short slit along the back to remove the black vein.  I removed the eyes by trimming off the top part of the head at a diagonal just after the eyes (optional, but I always do this when I cook prawns with the head intact). Rinse and drain. Marinate prawns with 1 teaspoon sugar, set aside. 

For the sauce :
Mix chilli bean sauce, plum sauce, sugar, Chinese cooking wine, black soy sauce, water and cornflour solution in a small bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning. Should be a little salty and sweet.

To cook :
Heat some oil to shallow fry the prawns on both sides in a single layer, until prawns are cooked and shells lightly crisp, about 2-3 minutes each side. Remove to a plate, keep aside. You may need to do this in a few batches. Reserve 2 tablespoons oil. 
In a clean wok or saucepan, heat about 2 tablespoons of the oil from above. Saute the chopped ginger, chopped garlic, chopped chilli, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Pour in the sauce mixture. Let it bubble for a minute and thickens slightly. Taste and adjust accordingly. (you might need to add a little sugar or chilli bean paste or the plum sauce, to taste). 
Add the fried prawns, and stir till the prawns are coated with the sauce. Stir in the chopped fresh coriander, dish up to a serving plate and serve hot. Enjoy!


  1. Look amazing Joyce! I lovve prawns!

  2. wow Joyce, these giant prawns look droolworthy and the sauce sounds like a real winner.

  3. Yummy, yes I know this dish is yummy-licious . I love big prawns too ... hee hee ^-^!

  4., you've got me drooling! This looks really, really, reallyyyyy delicious. Will be hunting for chili bean sauce soon :D

  5. Dishes like this made from Kitchen Flavours sure to be delicious..... it certainly is. The photo itself already made your visitors looking at it drooling continuously.......

  6. drooling over here.Those prawns look divine!!!

  7. Oh..Joyce!!!! You make me sedap!

  8. This looks so yummy Joyce! It has made me drool.

  9. Hi Joyce,
    My family is a big fan of prawns.
    Your prawns sure looks finger licking good.
    Can share some with me ..hehe

  10. Joyce, the photo itself says it all! Fabulous looking dish and I am not surprised that the plate was licked clean hah..hah... I have bookmarked though I am not really into prawns :)

  11. I want to eat too! Looks so tempting! Got to wait for my eldest son to be in before I can attempt this, he's the only other ardent fan of prawns in my family:P

  12. my first response was slurrrrrpppppp! i can eat this on its own and this is what we truly call finger lickin' good

  13. What an original combination. I love my prawns hot (with plain hot sauce / piri piri), that sounds gorgeous.

  14. mouthwatering dish! i can eat a dozen of this!

  15. This looks very tempting!! It really is delicious looking. Blessings dear. Catherine

  16. I love prawns but my hubby isn't eating them. So I can only cook this at my mum's place. Looks so finger licking good.

  17. Sedap nya! Masak marmite prawns n invite us over!

  18. Joyce , that sure looks very appetizing ! I love the flavor combination , I tried it with clams before though no coriander in it :P

  19. I love how these prawns are cooked. I always will suck at the shell first for the flavours!