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Firecracker Prawns
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Firecracker Prawns

This firecracker shrimp recipe takes spicy shrimp to a new level, with just the right combination of sweet, heat, and awesome flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Firecracker Prawns
Servings: 4
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Luda huang


  • oven


  • 1 pound large shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • marinade
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole white peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon Asian fish sauce
  • water
  • sprigs cilantro for garnish


  • In a large bowl, season shrimp with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in cornstarch and gently toss to combine.
  • Oven variation:
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray,
  • then arrange the shrimp in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Pour the marinade into a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until thick and syrupy, about 2 minutes. Brush shrimp with thickened marinade and serve.
  • Cooking the shrimp in the pan:
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan to medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook 2-3 minutes per side, until the shrimp is pink and cooked through.
  • Scatter garlic over shrimp and cook, shaking pan often, 1 minute. Add sugar, fish sauce, 3 tablespoons water, pepper; toss to combine. Cook, shaking pan often, 1 minute.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro.


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1872mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 3mg