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Golden fried prawns | How to batter fry jumbo prawns

Golden fried prawns, a perfect starter dish made with jumbo prawns, coated with crispy fried batter.


Prawns and shrimp are delicate seafood that need gentle care and fast cooking. Prolonged cooking on high heat makes them rubbery and hard. Prawns fry quickly. High heat frying or roasting for more than 5 minutes is too much, evaporates the natural juices of the prawns, and makes them tough.

Golden fried prawns or shrimp are a popular seafood starter in restaurants globally and anyone who loves prawns can’t ignore this delectable appetizer. The crispy coated fried prawns are perfect when served hot with cocktail sauce, spicy sauce, tartar sauce, soy sauce, ketchup or the sauce of your choice. Just a spritz of lemon juice also works nicely.

There are various ways to make batter fried jumbo prawns, but popular are light-battered versions and the type served in Chinese restaurants — mildly spicy golden fried prawns. If you prefer a bit of spiciness, use chili sauce or chili powder as mentioned in this recipe. For plain golden prawns, just skip the spices.

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platter of golden fried shrimp

Prawns or Shrimp…which one to use?

Prawns are comparatively stronger shrimp. Shrimp are delicate to handle. Prawns when cooked get mild sweetish and it is not the case with shrimp usually. Prawns are larger than shrimp hence easy to handle in the recipes like Golden Fried Prawns. Though they each have unique features, prawns and shrimp are usually interchangeable in recipes because of their similar taste and texture.

Choose bigger size cleaned, shelled, and de-veined prawns or shrimp to make this fried shrimp recipe. Small prawns are too delicate to handle and often break. I use large king-size prawns for this recipe.

Cleaning and de-veining prawns:

Rinse prawns with water to remove the soil dirt. Break the outer shell and insert your thumbs to peel it open. Pull off the tiny legs. If you wish to leave the tail you have to just leave the shell on it.

To de-vein prawns or shrimp, rinse them once again in running water. Make a thin slit from the head towards the tail on its back. You will see a thin black string filled with grit. This is actually the digestive tract of the prawn and should be removed before cooking. Pull that string with your fingers gently through the entire length.

These shelled and de-veined prawns are now ready to fry.

Golden fried prawns – steps with pictures

Prepping prawns:

  • Clean the jumbo prawns or shrimp with running water. I used shelled and deveined prawns. If you have whole prawns read the above story to learn how to de-shell and devein prawns and shrimp.
deveined prawn
shelled deveined prawns
  • Pat the raw shrimp dry with kitchen tissue to remove the excess water.

Recipe for Golden fried prawns:

  • In a mixing bowl, take 3 tbsp of all-purpose flour and 1 tbsp of corn starch.
  • Add in 1 tsp of salt and 3/4 tsp of sugar.
Golden fried prawns - all purpose flour
corn starch
salt - fried prawns
sugar
  • Put a pinch of baking powder, 1 whole egg, 1/2 tsp of pepper powder and 1 tsp red chili sauce. You can replace chili sauce with 1/4 tsp of chili powder. And this is completely an optional ingredient. A dash of garlic powder or turmeric powder could also be used, if you enjoy those flavors.
Golden fried prawns batter making
add egg to the batter
chili sauce
pepper powder
  • Next, pour a quarter cup of water and mix until no lumps. The batter should be thin and not thick. Adjust water accordingly.
outer cover batter-crispy prawns

How to golden fry battered prawns:

  • Heat oil in a deep fry pan to a medium-hot temperature. Hold the prawn in the tail, dip into the batter and drop in the medium hot oil.
dip in batter & fry prawns
deep fry Golden fried prawns
  • Add prawns one by one into the oil without crowding the space. Let them fry slowly for a min. Flip them halfway through and fry all the sides.
Golden fried prawns
  • Wait until the batter cooked and bulged to light brown color and remove the golden fried prawns from the oil. Repeat the same for the rest of the batches.
Golden fried shrimps

This fried shrimp dish can be served with lemon wedges and dipping sauce as an appetizer or with our egg fried rice or vegetable fried rice to make a really delicious shrimp fried rice.

golden fried prawns on platter

Golden fried prawns | How to batter fry jumbo prawns

Golden fried prawns, a perfect oriental starter dish made with jumbo prawns, coated with crispy fried batter.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Global
Servings 4 people
Calories 160 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Frying pan

Ingredients
  

  • 24 Prawns or shrimp, jumbo size
  • Oil to fry

To make the batter:

  • 3 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp Corn starch
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ¾ tsp Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Whole egg
  • ½ tsp Pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Chili sauce or 1/4 tsp chili powder-optional
  • ¼ cup Water approx.

Instructions
 

Preparation:

  • Clean the jumbo prawns or shrimp with running water. (If you have whole prawns read the above post to learn how to de-shell and de-vein prawns and shrimp.)
  • Pat them dry with kitchen tissue to remove the excess water.

Recipe for Golden fried prawns:

  • In a mixing bowl, take 3 tbsp of all-purpose flour and 1 tbsp of corn starch.
  • Add in 1 tsp of salt and 3/4 tsp of sugar.
  • Put a pinch of baking powder, 1 whole egg, 1/2 tsp of pepper powder and 1 tsp red chili sauce. You can replace chili sauce with 1/4 tsp of chili powder, or leave it out completely if desired.
  • Next, pour a quarter cup of water and mix till no lumps. The batter should be thin and not thick. Adjust water accordingly.

How to Golden fry battered prawns:

  • Heat oil in a deep fry pan to a medium-hot temperature. Hold the prawn in the tail, dip into the batter and drop in the medium hot oil.
  • Add prawns one by one into the oil without crowding the space. Let them fry slowly for a min.
  • Flip them halfway through and fry all the sides.
  • Wait until the batter cooked and bulged to light brown color and remove the golden fried prawns from the oil. Repeat the same for the rest of the batches.

Notes

Tips:
1) Use jumbo tiger prawns for a better outcome.
2) The temperature of the oil should be at medium-high or medium to golden fry prawns without overcooking them.

Nutrition

Serving: 100gCalories: 160kcal
Keyword batter fried shrimps, Golden fried prawns, golden prawn recipe, prawn starter
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