How to make Fried Chilli Prawns -

Deep fried prawns in green chilli gravy

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Best of Chinese Cooking.

Main Ingredients : Prawns (प्रॉन/कोलम्बी/झींगा), Corn flour

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Main Course Seafood

Fried Chilli Prawns

Fried Chilli 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 : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve :

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Fried Chilli Prawns Recipe

  • Prawns shelled 16

  • Corn flour 1 tablespoons

  • Chilli sauce 1 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Cornflour/ corn starch 6 tablespoons

  • Oil 4 tbsps + to deep fry

  • Ginger finely chopped 2 inch pieces

  • Garlic finely chopped 6-8 cloves

  • Green chillies diagonally sliced 4-6

  • Spring onions with greens chopped 2

  • Soy sauce 2 tablespoons

  • White pepper powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • MSG 1/4 teaspoon

  • Sugar 1 teaspoon

  • Fish stock or chicken stock 1 cup

  • Green capsicum cut into thick strips 1 medium


Step 1

De-vein, wash and pat dry the prawns thoroughly with an absorbent paper. Add one tablespoon lemon juice and chilli sauce, salt and mix well. Roll the prawns in four tablespoons of cornflour. Heat sufficient oil in a wok and deep fry the prawns for a minute.

Step 2

Do not overcook. Drain on absorbent paper. Reserve spring onion greens for garnish. Mix the remaining cornflour in half a cup of water.

Step 3

Heat four tablespoons of oil in a wok or a pan, add ginger, garlic and green chillies and stir fry for a minute. Add spring onions and continue to stir fry for a couple of minutes more.

Step 4

Add the soy sauce, white pepper powder, MSG, sugar, salt and the stock. Add the fried prawns and capsicum strips and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring continuously Stir in the cornflour mixture and cook for a minute more or until the sauce coats the prawns.

Step 5

Stir in remaining lemon juice and serve hot, garnished with the reserved spring onion greens.

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