Prawns stir-fried with green peppercorns, ginger and soy

Prawns stir-fried with green peppercorns, ginger and soy

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Check out this super simple stir-fried recipe with prawns. This dish is inspired by the Cambodian love of peppercorns, this speedy stir-fry is a real treat for prawn lovers. Dried green peppercorns are easier to find than fresh, but if you happen to see fresh ones do snap them up, as they taste brilliantly zingy. Look out for them in Asian grocery shops



  • rapeseed or groundnut oil
  • onion 1 large, finely sliced
  • garlic 3 cloves, sliced
  • ginger 4cm, grated
  • green peppercorns 1-2 tbsp, dried or fresh, lightly crushed with a pestle and mortar
  • soy sauce 3 tbsp
  • oyster sauce 2 tbsp
  • fish sauce 1 tbsp
  • dark brown sugar 2 tsp
  • raw king prawns 600g, shell on and butterflied (see notes below)
  • watercress 100g bag
  • jasmine rice to serve


  • Step 1

    Heat a wok over a high heat and add 1 tbsp of oil.

  • Step 2

    Add the onions and fry for 8-10 minutes until they soften and take on colour.

  • Step 3

    Add the garlic, ginger and peppercorns, fry for a minute then add the soy, oyster and fish sauces, along with the brown sugar, stirring briefly until mixed.

  • Step 4

    Add the prawns and toss together over a high heat until they are pink and cooked through (about 5 minutes depending on size).

  • Step 5

    Turn off the heat and stir through the watercress, quickly tossing together so it wilts.

  • Step 6

    Serve immediately in warm bowls with rice. Have plenty of napkins and a finger bowl handy, and get stuck in!

You don’t need to butterfly the prawns, and it is a bit fiddly to score through the shells, but it is worth it as it allows the flavour of the peppercorns and sauce to penetrate into the flesh. The trick is to lay the prawn so it’s flat on a board with the back of the prawn facing out and hold it securely in place using the flat of your palm. Then, use a small sharp knife to slice into the shell along its length.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 201
  • Fat 4.2g
  • Saturates 0.5g
  • Carbs 10.5g
  • Sugars 7.4g
  • Fibre 2.1g
  • Protein 29.2g
  • Salt 3.9g