Friday, March 18, 2011

Singapore Chilli Prawns

I always see posts on other blogs about people eating singapore chilli crab and it looks so good, but too expensive for my wallet, plus I have never cooked with crab before, so I decided to try singapore chilli prawns instead!

I can't remember where I got this recipe from and I have no idea if it's an authentic one. Thanks Lorraine for letting me know that I got it from you. Lorraine's post can be found here. This was very good, but I had to add more tomato sauce than the recipe required.

My boyfriend thought it was really delicious. It's a really simple dish to make with the only the peeling of the prawns the hard work. I just served this with some asian greens that I stir fried in some garlic and oyster sauce.

It's amazing how much cornflour can thicken things too, cause before I put this in I was thinking that it was very watery and it was never going to thicken, but it did!

Singapore Chilli Prawns
- from Not Quite Nigella

  • 750 grams prawns, peeled and butterflied (sliced down the back)
  • 2 large red chillies finely sliced (you can use a little bird’s eye chilli if you like it very hot)
  • Thumb sized piece of ginger (diced)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic (smashed)
  • 2 teaspoons of oil
  • Spring onions to garnish (optional)
  • 280mls water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 3/4 tablespoon chilli sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3/4 tablespoon white vinegar
  • In another bowl mix 1 1/2 tablespoons cornflour with 2-3 tablespoons plain water


1. Heat wok or frypan on medium to high heat and add 2 teaspoons of oil. Fry prawns for 1 minute. Scoop out.

2. Fry garlic, ginger, red chilli, then add in fried prawn. Next add in the sauce ingredients and simmer for 1 minute. Add in the cornflour mixture to thicken the gravy.

3. Lastly, add in a beaten egg, stir the gravy while adding in the egg. Sprinkle chopped spring onion on top if using.


MissPiggy said...

My niece made chilli crab for us on X-mas day and it was AMAZING! I'm trying to get her to cook it for us again, but the cost is out of this world. Shall suggest pranwns instead and see how we get on.

Hannah said...

What a beautifully colourful dish! I've never made anything like this as my mum is allergic to tomatoes, but now that I've moved out...

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Hi Susan, the recipe is from my blog. If you could credit me that would be most appreciated :)