Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Recipe: Breaded Prawns with Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce

I started working on this recipe in my kitchen in Los Angeles, and finished it up at my parents house in Kent; it has become a firm favourite of my Fathers. Initially the idea was to use up everything I had left over in my Los Angeles kitchen. I'd purchased a bag of big frozen prawns to make a Jambalaya, and they'd been sitting in my freezer. A traditional British Pub prawn cocktail salad had happened one night, but there were still plenty left. I always have eggs, then there were a lot of dried breadcrumbs that needed dispatching. A bottle of Sweet Chilli sauce from Trader Joe's for a Beef Thai Noodle Salad I'd still perfecting was in the fridge, so this great slightly Asian style starter that is so easy to make was born, and then perfected to create this recipe. 
Breaded Prawns with Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce | @rachelphipps

  • 1 Pack Large Uncooked Prawns (Shrimps, you Americans!)
  • Fine Dried Breadcrumbs or (my favourite) Jewish Traditional Matzo Meal 
  • Mild Chilli Powder
  • 1 Large Egg
  • Groundnut Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce (I don't have a preference in the UK but for my American based readers who are lucky enough to have their stores in their state, Trader Joe's every time!)

Pour enough breadcrumbs to coat about half the centimetre of the bottom of a plate onto said small plate and mix with a couple of big pinches of chilli powder, so the powder is noticeably colouring the breadcrumbs. Set aside. Beat the egg in another small plate with a fork until combined. Individually dip each prawn in egg, then coat in the chilli breadcrumb mix and set aside. I find it makes it easier to use one hand for egg and one hand for breadcrumbs. 

In a large, deep frying pan pour enough of an equal mix of ground nut and sunflower oils to cover the bottom with about half a centimeter of oil. Other flavourless, or mild olive oils work for this too, but I've found because of the varying smoking points of the mix of the two oils, this combination works best. Heat until the oil shimmers. Very carefully lower the prawns, one by one into the oil. Depending on how many prawns you have or the size of your pan, you can cook them in batches. Turn over after about two minutes, or until the bottom size of the breadcrumbs are golden. Using a slatted spoon or tongs carefully turn each prawn over and fry until the underside is golden. Remove from the pan with the same implement and drain away excess cooking oil on a plate covered in a couple of sheets of kitchen towel. Serve hot and with  Sweet Chilli Sauce.

As well as a starter for a two to three people to share, I find these work great on salads to add protein and a bit of interest to a meal, or ready skewers onto cocktail sticks as part of a wider selection of canap├ęs. 


  1. This sounds delicious, definitely one to try!

    Maria xxx

  2. These look amazing! I didn't realise how easy they would be to make, I am definitely going to be trying this as a starter next time I do an asian themed dinner party

  3. I've never thought of making these at home but I always order them if they're on the menu at restaurants! thanks for adding to my list of 'stuff you don't need to buy you can make' :) can't wait to try the recipe.

  4. I can't wait to hear what you think of it! x

  5. Can't wait to hear how you get on with them x

  6. These look so good - as good as/better looking than ones I've had in restaurants! I'll have to try them soon! xxxx

  7. These look amazing! As good as ones I have had in restaurants - I will have to try them soon! xxxx

  8. Just stumbled across your blog and absolutely love it!!! Definitely need to try these.
    Love B x

  9. I'm glad you like it, and be sure to let me know what you think of them! x