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Chinese prawns in a bowl with rice

Chinese Prawns Recipe

The best tender and juicy Prawns Stir Fry smothered in a homemade sweet, spicy, chili sauce. My delicious prawn dish is all you need for a busy weeknight, from start to finish, it only takes 15 minutes to make my easy prawn recipe! 
Course Appetizer or main dish
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Chinese Prawns, prawn dishes, prawn recipes, Prawns Stir Fry, recipes with prawns, simple prawn recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 337kcal


  • Bowl for mixing


  • ½ pound prawns or shrimp we recommend buying frozen prawns or shrimp
  • Tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika

Sweet Chili Sauce Recipe

  • ½ Tablespoon sesame oil for frying
  • 3 Tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil for the sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • Splash rice wine vinegar
  • ½ Tablespoon granulated garlic or powdered garlic

To Serve

  • Sprinkle sesame seeds
  • 1 red chili pepper finely chopped
  • 3 spring onions roughly chopped
  • Rice to serve, optional


  • Place the (thawed) raw prawns onto a paper towel. Pat dry to remove any excess water after thawing. Place the prawns into a small bowl and sprinkle over the flour and ground paprika. Mix well to fully coat the prawns. Place a pan on medium heat and add half a Tbsp. sesame oil. When hot, add the prawns and stir fry for 30 seconds or until just pink. Remove from the heat while preparing the sauce.
    how to make chinese prawns: stir-frying the prawns
  • How to make sweet chili sauce: in a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, sweet chili sauce, rice wine vinegar, and garlic granules. Return the pan to the heat and pour the Chinese sauce over the stir fried prawns. Bring to a simmer, and cook for another 2 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
    how to make chinese prawns: thickening the sauce
  • Take the pan off the heat and stir in the chopped chili and spring onions.
    how to make chinese prawns: prawns ready to serve
  • Serve with rice and sprinkle over sesame seeds (optional). Enjoy!
    Chinese prawns recipe in a bowl with rice and fresh chillis with a blue cloth underneath



  • Need a substitute for sesame oil? I recommend olive oil or canola oil if desired.
  • We recommend serving these stir fry prawns over rice, noodles, or with thin cut vegetables, like carrots and cucumbers cut julienne!
  • Frozen prawns or shrimp work best. They taste just as delicious and you don’t have to peel them yourself, so you save a lot of time and hassle. It’s a win-win!
  • If you like your Chinese prawns' recipe extra spicy, try adding a dash of red pepper flakes.


Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 2203mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1608IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 5mg