Chinese Prawns Recipe

Prawns with chilli jam

  • serves 8
  • A little effort

A delicious starter for your own Chinese banquet, this gold and red dish looks fantastic and is surprisingly easy to make


Try our Chinese prawns recipe then check out our Chinese chicken dumplings, peking duck pancakes and more Chinese recipes. Make your own chilli jam or use shop-bought, if you prefer.



  • raw tiger prawns 24, tails left on
  • ground white pepper a pinch
  • eggs 2, beaten
  • potato flour or cornflour 100g
  • groundnut oil for frying
  • coriander leaves a handful to serve


  • granulated sugar 5 tbsp
  • red chillies 2 medium, chopped


  • Step 1

    To make the chilli jam, bring 100ml water to the boil, add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the chillies and boil for 5 minutes, cool slightly then pour into a blender and blitz. Transfer to a dipping bowl and set aside. The sauce will thicken and become jammy once cooled.

  • Step 2

    Season the prawns with salt and white pepper. Combine the egg and potato flour in a bowl to make a batter.

  • Step 3

    Heat a wok or pan ¼ full with groundnut oil. Dip each prawn in the batter and fry a few at a time (don’t crowd the pan) until the batter turns golden. Lift out and drain on kitchen paper. Sprinkle over the coriander and serve with the chilli jam.