Chilli Prawns

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A sizzling combination of sautéed prawns, asian sauces, and fresh greens onions, these Indian styles crispy Dry Chilli Prawns are very appetizing. These get ready in under 20 minutes and uses very few and basic ingredients. Here is how to make it.

Serve them on their own or pair with Hakka Noodles for a hearty Asian style meal.

Chilli prawns served in a bowl.
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About This Recipe

Whenever I go to an Asian restaurant, my eyes search for something that is spicy and crispy, especially when it comes to Prawns recipe. And these Chilli Prawns are just my absolute favorite.

If I see Prawn Chilli on the menu, I had to order them. Not only me, but even my husband also enjoys it as much as I do. Therefore, one day when we both were craving for this delicious Chilli Prawns, but we were absolutely in no mood to go out, I decided to make it at home itself and the result for just lip-smacking.

The plate got wiped up clean in minutes. A sizzling combination of batter-fried crispy prawns, umpteen sauces, and fresh greens, prawn chili fry with capsicum has definitely become one of my favorite starters to make at home.

If you are a fan of Chinese food, you are sure to love this completely different take on prawns without a doubt!

So, the coming weekend, do plan out an exclusive Chinese meal for your family and make sure that you even serve them this finger-licking Dry Prawn Chilli which is both delicious and wholesome!

If you love Chicken Chilli and also love seafood, then this Chilli Prawns dish is for you.

Here are some more Prawn Recipes, that you can try your hands on – Grilled Sambal Prawns, Indian Coconut Shrimp Curry, Shrimp Pulao, Kerala Prawn Curry, and Lemony Garlic Butter Shrimp

This Chilli Prawns recipe is,

  • Crispy and saucy
  • Spicy
  • Absolutely lip-smacking
  • Easy to make
  • A perfect party starter

Ingredients

Chilli Prawns Ingredients.

Step By Step Recipe

Wash and clean the prawns and pat them dry using a kitchen towel. Add prawns in a bowl along with egg, salt, black pepper powder, maida, cornflour, and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Let the prawns marinate for 10 minutes.

Marinated prawns.

Heat oil for frying in a pan. When the oil is hot, simmer the heat to medium and add the prawns. Fry until nicely browned and crispy.

marinated prawns frying in oil.

Drain and keep aside.

Crispy fried prawns.

Heat ghee in a wok. You can use oil as well but ghee gives it a very yummy taste. Trust my words and try it once.

Ghee heating in a wok.

Add onion, ginger, and garlic and fry on high heat for 1-2 minutes.

Onion, ginger and garlic added in the wok.

Add capsicum and green chillies and fry for another minute.

capsicum and green chillies added in the wok.

Crumble the chicken stock cube.

Stock cube crumbled in the wok.

Add soy sauce, red chilli sauce and vinegar along with ½ cup of water and cook for 2-3 minutes.

sauces and water added in the wok.

Add the prawns and toss them in the masala.

Fried prawns added in the wok.

Garnish with spring onion greens.

Ready prawn chilli garnished with spring onions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of eating Prawns?

Considered to be an excellent source of selenium, prawns help in curing cancer.

It also helps in improving the circulation of blood, controls the pressure of blood, and even contains a protein that acts as building blocks for the body.
Moreover, prawns also have a good amount of calcium, which enhances the health of bones and teeth.

It also helps in curing umpteen skin diseases as it is loaded with Vitamin-E. But, best of all, it is loaded with vitamin B-12, it helps in maintaining the complete wellness of the body.

How to make the Prawns crispy?

Fry the prawns on medium-high heat. If the heat is low, they will not become crunchy and if the heat is very high, they will burn from outside.

Fry the prawns in batches. I fried this amount in 3 batches.

If you want to serve this for a party, fry the prawns once and drain and keep aside. Make the sauce and keep it aside. Once ready to serve, heat oil and fry the prawns on high heat once again until crisp and heat the sauce again.  Then toss them together and serve immediately.

How to make Chilli Prawns Gravy?

To make Chilli Garlic Prawns Gravy, add 1-½ cup Water after adding all the sauces. To make it a little thick, add in 1 teaspoon cornflour in a little water and add in the curry. Once it becomes a little thick, add in the fried prawns, mix and garnish with green onions.

How to make Chilli Prawns without deep frying the prawns?

If you do not want to deep fry the prawns, you can simply cook the marinated prawns on a skillet for about a minute from both the sides. Do not overcook the prawns or they will turn chewy and rubbery.

You can also air fry the battered prawns or even bake them in an oven.

Can we use frozen prawns for this dish?

Yes, you can definitely use frozen prawns. Just add the frozen prawns in a bowl full of water for some time. Once they have been defrosted, pat them dry with a kitchen towel and they are good to use.

Serving Suggestions

Chilli Prawns are served on its own as a starter, but if you are serving it for the main course, you can serve it along with some Indo Chinese Noodles, Fried Rice, Gravy, and some Momos or Dimsums for a full meal. 

You can try Noodles and Rice recipes such as Veg Hakka Noodles, Chilli Garlic Noodles, Chicken Hakka Noodles, Schezwan Fried Rice, Chinese Egg Fried Rice, Chinese Vegetable Fried Rice, or Chinese Mushroom Fried Rice

Storage Suggestions

I will suggest you prepare this Chilli Prawns fresh, as they tend to lose their crispiness and become soft. But if you still have leftovers, you can store them for about 2 days if made fresh.

Also, if you are planning to make this dish, buy fresh prawns. The shelve life of cooked and raw prawns is the same, so the shelve life of this Chilli Prawns will same as the raw prawns.

Pro Tips By Neha

You can use any size of Prawns to make this Chilli Prawns, but I like to prepare it with medium sized prawns.

If you want to make it a little healthier, pan fry them instead of deep frying.

Prawns cook very quickly, so make sure you do not overcook them otherwise they will become chewy.

Do not make it ahead of time. Make it fresh for the best taste.

You can adjust the amount of red chili sauce and green chilies, as per your taste and preference.

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A sizzling combination of sauteed prawns, umpteen sauces and fresh greens onions, this Indian style Chinese crispy dry chilli prawns is very appetizing. Here is a simple recipe of how to make it at home.
4.86 from 7 votes

Chilli Prawns Recipe

A sizzling combination of sauteed prawns, umpteen sauces and fresh greens onions, this Indian style Chinese crispy dry chilli prawns is very appetizing. Here is a simple recipe of how to make it at home.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 400 g Medium sized prawns
  • ½ Egg
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Black pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoon Maida
  • 2 tablespoon Cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon Soy sauce
  • Vegetable oil (For frying)
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • 1 cup Onion (Finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoon Garlic (Finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoon Ginger (Finely chopped)
  • 1 cup Capsicum (Cubed)
  • 5-6 Green chillies (Slit into half)
  • 1 Chicken Stock cube
  • 2 teaspoon Soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon Red chilli sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon Spring Onion greens (Chopped)
  • Salt & Pepepr
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Instructions 

  • Wash and clean the prawns and tap them dry using a kitchen towel.
  • Add prawns in a bowl along with egg, salt, black pepper powder, maida, cornflour and 1 teaspoon soy sauce.
  • Let the prawns marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Heat oil for frying in a pan.
  • When the oil is hot, add the prawns and fry until nicely browned.
  • Drain and keep aside.
  • Heat ghee in a wok.
  • Add onion, ginger and garlic and fry on high heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add capsicum and green chillies and fry for another minute.
  • Crumble the chicken stock cube.
  • Add soy sauce, red chilli sauce and vinegar along with ½ cup of water and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Adjust salt and pepper.
  • Add the prawns and toss them in the masala.
  • Garnish with spring onion greens.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

You can make the sauce in vegetable oil in place of ghee. But ghee gives a very delicious taste to this dish.
If you like it to be spicier, add Sriracha sauce while adding other sauce. You can also add yellow bell pepper and red bell pepper to make it look colorful and more appealing.
You can also use fresh chicken stock instead of chicken stock cubes for this recipe. Sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds too, they add a nice crunch on the top.
You can use any size of Prawns to make this Chilli Prawn, but I like to prepare it with medium-sized prawns.
If you want to make it a little healthier, pan fry them instead of deep-frying.
Prawns cook very quickly, so make sure you do not overcook them otherwise they will become chewy.
Do not make it ahead of time. Make it fresh for the best taste.
You can adjust the amount of red chili sauce and green chilies, as per your taste and preference.

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 282mg, Sodium: 1492mg, Potassium: 291mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1225IU, Vitamin C: 91mg, Calcium: 176mg, Iron: 3.1mg
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