Spicy Prawns with Peanuts

Spicy Prawns with Peanuts


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This is a fantastic prawn dish that features peanuts and a hot spicy sauce. Ideal for a dinner party entree served with steamed rice.


Serves: 4 

  • Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons cold water
  • Stir Fry
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 100g peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 500g prawns, shelled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon whisked egg white
  • 4 dried chillies
  • 10 Sichuan peppercorns
  • 3cm piece fresh ginger, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1-2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chilli bean paste

Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

  1. Sauce: Mix together soy sauce, black vinegar, sugar, cornflour, salt and cold water. Set aside.
  2. Stir Fry: Heat oil over medium heat in a wok then add the peanuts. Stir fry for 6-7 minutes or until the peanuts are golden in colour. Let cool.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil over high heat in a wok until very hot. Dip the prawns in egg white and toss into the wok. Stir-fry for 2 minutes then transfer to a plate.
  4. Using the oil remaining in the wok, stir-fry the dried chillies and fry for 1 minute. Add Sichuan peppercorns and fry for 30 seconds.
  5. Add ginger, garlic and spring onions and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the chilli bean paste and fry until the oil turns red.
  6. Stir the prawns back into the wok. Add the sauce and stir to coat the prawns evenly.
  7. Toss the fried peanuts into the wok and serve.


Black vinegar, Sichuan peppercorns and chilli bean paste can be purchased in Chinese/Oriental speciality shops or online.

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