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Digging into delicious salt and pepper prawns with chopsticks
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Salt and Pepper Prawns (Shrimp)

Salt and Pepper King Prawns are so easy to make with this simple recipe. Homemade is always better, so impress your friends and family with a fabulous Chinese-style treat.
Servings: 2
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time13 mins


  • 1 small onion
  • 2 spring onions - scallions
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 red chilli
  • 300 g prawns - ready prepared, cooked
  • 2 tbsp cornflour - a scant ¼ cup corn starch
  • ½ tbsp sea salt
  • ½ tbsp Chinese five spice mix
  • ½ tbsp black pepper - medium ground
  • 1 tsp Sichuan pepper
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil


  • Peel, top and tail the onion and then cut into quarter inch chunks.
    1 small onion
  • Top and tail the spring onions, and peel off any tough, or dried off outer layers. Cut one lengthwise into strips and the other crosswise into slices
    2 spring onions
  • Peel and finely chop the garlic.
    1 clove garlic
  • Remove seeds and membrane from the chilli and finely chop.
    1 red chilli
  • Remove the prawns or shrimp from their packet and pat with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
    300 g prawns
  • Mix the cornflour (corn starch) and the five spice, salt, black pepper and Sichuan pepper together thoroughly in a container big enough to take the prawns. If you use a sealable plastic tub, you can shake to mix and then shake again to coat.
    2 tbsp cornflour, ½ tbsp sea salt, ½ tbsp Chinese five spice mix, ½ tbsp black pepper, 1 tsp Sichuan pepper
  • Add the prawns to the flour mixture and coat well.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan over a medium-high heat. When it is very hot, add one prawn to test. If it sizzles, the oil is hot enough. You can now add the rest of the prawns. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side. Don't stir.
    3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Once cooked, transfer the prawns to a double layer of kitchen paper on a plate or bowl to soak up some of the oil.
  • Drain most of the oil from the pan before adding the onions. Fry until golden and starting to crisp. Loosen any bits of coating left in the pan, as you want to include these in the dish.
  • Add the spring onion, chilli and garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Finally, return the prawns to the pan and cook for another couple of minutes to ensure they are piping hot. Then serve and enjoy.


  • Either large prawns or shrimp will do depending what you call them!   
  • Nutrition calculated with one tablespoon of oil 
Nutritional Information 
  • This recipe is 10 Weight Watchers Points per portion 
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1836mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 434IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg