Szechuan Prawns

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This simple yet flavourful recipe for Szechuan Prawns is a Chinese favourite. Prawns are coated in a sweet, chilli sauce. Yummy!

Szechuan Prawns
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Serves: 4-5
  • 450g uncooked prawns
  • 1½ tbsp groundnut oil
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped spring onions

  • For the sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp chilli bean sauce
  • 1 tsp Chinese black vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • For the garnish
  • spring onions, sliced lengthways
  1. If required, peel the prawns. When using large uncooked prawns, cut them down the back and remove the digestive cord. Wash them and pat them dry with kitchen paper.
  2. Heat a wok or a large frying pan over a high heat. When the wok is hot, add the oil. Once it begins slightly smoking, add the ginger, garlic and spring onions.
  3. Stir-fry for 30 seconds and then add the prawns. Continue to stir-fry for about 1 minute.
  4. Add the ingredients for the sauce, season with half a teaspoon each of salt and black pepper and keep stir-frying for another 3-5 minutes over a high heat.
  5. Garnish with the spring onions and serve.


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