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Prawn Fry in blacj plate with chillies and coriander on top

Prawn Fry

Prawn Fry is a very quick and easy recipe that is aromatic, lightly spiced and absolutely delicious!

Course Appetizer, Lunch, Sides, Starters
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Masala Prawns, Prawn fry
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Calories 200 kcal
Author Safira



  • 330 g Raw Jumbo King Prawns
  • 1 heaped tbsp Ginger Paste or 1 inch Ginger crushed
  • 1 heaped tbsp Garlic Paste or 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • ½ tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice


  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tbsp Oil Veg, Coconut, Sunflower
  • 1 ¼ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 sprigs Curry Leaves
  • 3 Green Chillies Slit


  1. Clean Prawns and marinade in Ginger, Garlic, Turmeric, Red Chilli Powder, Coriander Powder, Salt and Lemon Juice for 30 minutes.

  2. Heat Ghee and Oil.

  3. Once hot, add Mustard Seeds and Curry Leaves.

  4. When you hear the crackling, add Prawns and cook for 4 minutes until cooked. 

  5. Add Green Chillies and saute for 30 seconds. Remoce from heat and serve!

Recipe Notes


  • You can make an onion base after adding the Curry Leaves, by frying them till golden brown. You can then add vegetables or tomatoes and then the Prawns. If adding tomatoes, reduce them down before adding the Prawns. 
  • You can use vinegar or lemon interchangeably in this recipe.

Top Tip for making Prawn Fry 

    • Do not be tempted to over cook the prawns or they will become tough and rubbery. 5 minutes max is all you need.

how to serve

This make a really good starter but is also lovely served as a main or side with Masoor Dal Tadka, Biryani, Rice, Roti or Paratha.

For sides:

Kachumber Salad

Onion Raita


Prawn recipes are usually best eaten fresh. At a push, they can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for a day or two.

As Prawns require very little cooking, reheating them usually makes them a little tougher. You can add a splash of water to a pan and reheat them slowly until warmed through. I would not recommend freezing cooked prawns. 

Nutrition Facts
Prawn Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 227mg76%
Sodium 1336mg58%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 42IU1%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 137mg14%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.