Salt and Pepper Prawns – 椒盐干炒虾

Don’t be fooled by its name, this recipe is so simple yet absolutely divine. You’ll be wondering why you hadn’t made it earlier!

This dish hits all the notes – the crisp and crunch of the deep fried prawns coated in spice mix; definitely a crowd pleaser at every meal.

Watch this video for a cooking tip to keep your prawns crispy: rice flour and double frying!

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  • Servings: 3 - 4 pax

  • Time: 30 min

  • Skill: Easy


  1. 500g Medium shrimps

  2. 1 ½ tbsp Rice flour (for dusting)

  3. 1 tbsp Minced garlic

  4. 1 tbsp Minced ginger

  5. 25g Minced red pepper

  6. 1 tbsp Chopped scallions

  7. 1 tbsp Minced shallots

  8. 1 tbsp Chopped scallions (for garnishing)

  9. 1 tsp Salt

  10. 1 tsp Mixture of white & black pepper

  11. 1 tsp Sugar


  1. Trim shrimps, wash and drain dry. Lightly dust shrimps with rice flour prior to frying to prevent splattering and to have a crispy texture.

  2. Heat up a pan of cooking oil, deep fry the shrimps till about 50% cooked. Drain up and heat up the oil again at a higher temperature. Give the shrimps a 2nd fry to drain out excess oil from the shrimps and to give it a more crisper texture. Drain dry and set aside. Reserve cooking oil 

  3. In the same pan and with low heat, drizzle some oil from frying, sauté the minced ingredients till fragrant.

  4. Add in shrimps and continue to mix well.

  5. Add in salt, pepper & sugar to taste.

  6. Final sprinkle the scallions and dish up.

  7. Serve hot!

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