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Prawn (Shrimp) Stir Fry

Course Dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 People
Calories 235 kcal



  • ▢ 1 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce sub all purpose soy, Note 1
  • ▢ 1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine sub Mirin or dry sherry, Note 2
  • ▢ 2 tsp oyster sauce Note 3
  • ▢ 1/2 tsp sesame oil toasted (Note 4)
  • ▢ 1 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch
  • ▢ 1/8 tsp white pepper sub black pepper
  • ▢ 3/4 cup water


  • ▢ 2 tbsp oil peanut, canola or vegetable
  • ▢ 250g / 8 oz medium prawns raw, peeled and deveined (equiv. 500g/1lb whole prawns, Note 5)
  • ▢ 1/2 onion sliced, brown or white
  • ▢ 2 tsp ginger finely julienned (~2cm / 0.7" piece)
  • ▢ 2 tsp garlic finely chopped (~ 2 cloves)
  • ▢ 1 1/2 bunches broccolini trimmed, cut into 5cm / 2" lengths, (~1 1/2 cups. Sub normal broccoli)
  • ▢ 120g / 4 oz snow peas thin string removed from both sides


  • Steam broccolini: Steam broccolini until crisp-tender, about 2 – 3 minutes (remember it will cook more in the stir fry). Set aside to drain and dry.
  • Stir Fry Sauce: Put all Stir Fry Sauce ingredients except water into a bowl. Mix until cornflour is dissolved. Then stir in water.
  • Cook then remove prawns: Heat oil in a wok or large skillet on medium to medium-high heat. Add prawns and spread them in a single layer. Cook for 1 1/2 minutes, then turn and cook the other side for 1 minute until cooked through. Try not to make the prawns too golden (they are only lightly browned in stir fries). Remove prawns to a bowl. Set aside.
  • Cook onion, garlic and ginger: Add more oil if the pan seems a bit dry. Still on medium-high heat, add onion and cook for 1 minute. Then add ginger and garlic and cook for another 1 minute until onion is starting to soften but not colour.
  • Add snow peas, then broccolini: Add snow peas and toss until coated with oil. Then add broccolini and toss through.
  • Add Sauce and thicken: Give the Sauce a stir (to dissolve cornflour settled at bottom), then pour into skillet. Cook, stirring, until sauce thickens to syrup consistency (about 1 minute) and coats the ingredients nicely.
  • Add prawns back in: Then add the prawns back in (including any juices in the bowl). Toss for another 30 seconds until prawns are warmed through.
  • Serve: Serve with rice!


This recipe is sponsored by Mediterranean Supermarket 
Keyword chicken curry, chinese, chinese dish