How to make Chinese Popcorn Prawns - Chinese crispy stirred fried prawns.

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Prawns, Cornflour

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Chinese Popcorn Prawns Recipe Card

Chinese Popcorn Prawns

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Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Chinese Popcorn Prawns Recipe

  • Prawns peeled and deveined 12-16

  • Cornflour

  • Ginger 2 inch pie

  • Garlic 10-15 cloves

  • Egg white 1

  • Salt to taste

  • Cornflour/ corn starch 4 teaspoons

  • Tomato ketchup 1/2 cup

  • Lemon zest, grated 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli flakes 1 1 teaspoon

  • Vinegar 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Heat sufficient oil in a wok on medium heat.

Step 2

Chop ginger and garlic finely. Halve the prawns vertically and place in a bowl. Add egg white, salt and cornstarch, and mix well.

Step 3

Put half the prawns in the hot oil and deep fry on medium heat till golden.

Step 4

Meanwhile heat 2 tbsps oil in a non stick pan, add ginger and garlic and sauté. Add tomato ketchup and mix well.

Step 5

Drain the prawns on absorbent paper. Similarly deep fry the rest of the prawns and drain on absorbent paper.

Step 6

Add ½ cup water to the other pan and mix. Add lemon zest and crushed red chillies and mix. Add vinegar and mix.

Step 7

Transfer the prawns into a serving dish, drizzle the sauce over them and serve immediately.