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Chinese prawns in a dish served next to white rice

Chinese Prawns Recipe

Served with rice, sesame seeds, and fresh chillis, this Chinese Prawns Recipe is a simple, yet flavorful stir fry recipe that takes only minutes to put together!
Course Appetizer or main dish
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chilli garlic prawns, garlic prawns, garlic prawns recipe, prawns recipe, prawns stir fry recipe, stir fry prawns
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 337kcal
Author Debbie Jones


  • ½ lb. prawns or shrimp we recommend buying frozen prawns or shrimp
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. ground paprika

Sweet Chilli Sauce Recipe

  • ½ Tbsp. sesame oil for frying
  • 3 Tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil for the sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sweet chilli sauce
  • Splash rice wine vinegar
  • ½ Tbsp. granulated garlic or powdered garlic

To Serve

  • Sprinkle sesame seeds
  • 1 red chilli 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 sweet chilli sauce: in a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, sweet chilli 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.
  • Take the pan off the heat and stir in the chopped chilli and spring onions.
  • Serve with rice and sprinkle over sesame seeds (optional). Enjoy!



  • Olive oil or canola oil can be used in place if sesame 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