How to make Chinese Style Fried Prawns -

Prawns deep-fried dipped in Chinese style batter and served with a dipping sauce.Golden Fried Prawns is a simple yet very luscious dish made with prawns marinated in a very simple battered paste and deep fried until golden in color.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Jumbo prawns , Refined flour (maida) (मैदा)

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Snacks and Starters

Chinese Style Fried Prawns

Chinese Style Fried Prawns Recipe Card


Some say Chinese cuisine is 400,000 years old going back to the Peking Man and his use of fire. Some other accounts of the history of Chinese cuisine takes the beginning to the Chinese stone age. However today Chinese cuisine enjoys the distinction of being the most popular in the world.
All this furore about Chinese food can make one wonder what is so special about this cuisine.  To put it in one word it is wholesome.  It has the characteristics of being nutritious, economical, balanced and delicious. It cannot be gainsaid that Chinese food is popular the world over and it can be adapted into our modern lifestyles as the strong link between diet and health of body, mind and spirit is epitomized in Chinese cookery. We all desire harmony in our lives and this works on the ancient Taoist principle of Yin and Yang in which balance and contrast are the key. Each Chinese dish reflects a balance of taste, texture, aroma and colour. Be it sweet, sour, pungent, hot, salty or spicy – all the six basic flavours are incorporated deftly in all Chinese dishes.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Chinese Style Fried Prawns Recipe

  • Jumbo prawns 12-16

  • Refined flour (maida) ¾ cup

  • Garlic paste 1½ teaspoons

  • Oyster sauce 2 tablespoons

  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

  • Soy sauce 1 teaspoon

  • White pepper powder ½ teaspoon

  • Chilli flakes ½ teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Cornflour/ corn starch ½ cup

  • Baking powder ¼ teaspoon

  • Oil for deep-frying

  • For dipping sauce

  • Soy sauce 1 tablespoon

  • Lemon juice 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Chilli flakes ½ teaspoon


Step 1

Wash, remove shell and de-vein the prawns retaining their tails. Pat prawns thoroughly dry with an absorbent paper.

Step 2

Mix garlic paste, oyster sauce, lemon juice, soy sauce, white pepper powder, chilli flakes and salt in a small bowl. Apply this mixture liberally on the prawns and leave aside to marinate for ten minutes, preferably in a refrigerator.

Step 3

Mix half cup refined flour, cornflour, baking powder, salt and three-fourth cup chilled water. Whisk thoroughly to make a batter of pouring consistency and set aside for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Step 4

Heat sufficient oil in a wok.

Step 5

Spread the remaining flour on a plate, add salt and mix well. Coat the prawns with the flour-salt mixture and then dip in the batter, holding by the tail. Slide them into hot oil gently and deep-fry on medium heat, turning frequently, for two to three minutes or until crisp and golden. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 6

To make the dipping sauce, mix soy sauce, lemon juice, salt and chilli sauce well in a small bowl.

Step 7

Arrange the fried prawns on a serving plate and serve hot with the dipping sauce.

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