Crisp Fried Shrimp

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Succulent shrimp wrapped in wonton skins, then deep-fried, make a lasting impression on the fussiest of guests…


  • 500g (1lb 2oz) Tiger Prawns, peeled and de-veined, tails intact


  • 2 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 30ml (2Tbs) Oil

Wonton Wrappers

  • 1 Large Egg, lightly beaten
  • Chives or Spring Onion Greens


  • Large bowl
  • Wok
  • Heated platter for serving (optional)


  1. Peel and de-vein the prawns, leaving the tails intact. Place the prawns in a bowl with the combined oil and garlic, and allow to marinate for 2 hours.
  2. Place the chives or spring onion greens in a bowl and pour boiling water to cover. Allow to soften for 2 minutes. Drain.
  3. Place a wonton wrapper on the work surface and brush the edges with egg. Place a prawn diagonally on the wrapper and fold the wrapper around the prawn with the overlap on the abdomen of the prawn.
  4. Take a chive or spring onion green and tie it securely around the “waist” of the prawn. Snip off the excess. Repeat with the remaining prawns.
  5. Heat a wok half-filled with oil to 375°F, and deep fry the prawns for 2-3 minutes until crisp and golden. Serve on a heated platter with the dipping sauce of your choice.
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This is a great recipe… and boy… I love the video. It’s awesome, and really helpful. Can we have more please?

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I am definitely going to try this one. One question though… what oil would you suggest is best for the marinade?

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In China they would use peanut oil, only for the reason of availability. Our equivalent to peanut oil is sunflower oil - it also imparts no added taste to the food. It would be interesting, however to try roasted white sesame oil, which imparts a really nutty flavor & aroma. A point to note is that the oil here is used for 2 reasons - 1) to carry the garlic flavor to the shrimp and keep it there, 2) so that the shrimp and the wonton skin remain independent in movement during cooking - preventing the skin from tearing should the shrimp curl slightly.

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