Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Sweet Chilli Prawns Recipe

Mmm nom nom! I made a great dinner last night even if I do say so myself. Sweet Chilli Prawns. They were absolutely yummy so I thought I would share the recipe with you. The recipe came from a book called Bowl Food that my sister gave me a number of years ago. It's my favourite cookbook and some of my favourite recipes come from there (Yakiudon and Jambalaya being some of my favourite - I might share them with you sometime too...). I haven't made this recipe before as I'd been put off by the length of ingredients, But while considering what to eat this week as I was doing the weekly shopping list, I came across this and realised that most of the ingredients are already in my store cupboard / fridge and I'd bookmarked it ages ago to try out. So I decided to give it a go tonight and it was REALLY easy!  Seriously, if you can get hold of the ingredients and you like prawns you should give it a go. 

Sweet Chilli Prawns (Serves 4)

What You Need:

1 kg raw prawns (I used 2 packets)
2 tbsp peanut / groundnut oil
large chunk of ginger cut into thin strips
2 cloves garlic crushed / chopped finely
5 spring onions cut diagonally
1/3 cup (80ml) chilli garlic sauce
2 tbsp tomato sauce
2 tbsp dry sherry or Chinese rice wine if you can get it (I used sherry)
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp soft brown sugar
1 tsp cornflour mixed with 1/2 cup (125 ml) water

What to Do

  1. Peel / devein the prawns if you need to. Heat a wok til it is very hot, add the oil and swirl to coat.
  2. When the oil is smoking, quickly throw in the ginger, garlic and spring onion.
  3. Stir fry for a minute and then add the prawns. Stir fry for 2 minutes until the prawns start to turn pink.
  4. Remove the prawns and set aside for the next bit...
  5. Put the chilli garlic sauce, tomato sauce, sugar, vinegar, sherry, soy sauce and cornflour mix into a bowl and whisk it together. 
  6. Put the mixture into the wok and heat, stirring until it begins to thicken. 
  7. Add the prawns and cook for another minute or two until they are cooked and heated through. 
  8. Serve with noodles or rice  and enjoy! 

Oh and if you ever see it in the shops or online, you should try out Bowl Food - I've tried lots of the recipes in it by now and I have not yet had anything which wasn't absolutely delicious. As I said, jambalaya and yakiudon are among my favourites, but Pad Thai, Paella, Sri Lankan Chicken Curry and Cauliflower soup are pretty awesome too...

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PoetessWug said...

It looks delicious! And I love that it has the chilli in it. Thanks!

marci said...

I have to make this! The picture looks so yummy! I love shrimp but I never really know what to do with it. Thanks for posting!

Creating Trouble said...

It was really good :D Quite spicy but not too much so...


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