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seafood holiday party recipes: Deep fried coconut prawns with papaya dressing

Fried Coconut Prawns

Amount of people
6 Persons
Type of meal
Preparation time
40 minutes
Seafood included in this recipe
Raw peeled prawn
  • 175g flower
  • 1 ½ tbsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • ⅔ cups ice water
  • 1 ¼ cups breadcrumbs
  • 60g shredded coconut, dried
  • 24 headless raw peeled prawns defrosted. Make sure the tail is intact
  • To deep fry, use sunflower oil

For the papaya dipping sauce

  • 1 large papaya
  • ¼ habanero pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lime and 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 large pinch of ground allspice 
  1. Firstly, peel the papaya, take out the seed and chop it roughly.
  2. To make the dipping sauce, put all the ingredients in a blender and blend it until it has a smooth consistency. 
  3. Once done, pour it into a saucepan and put it to a boil on medium heat. Then turn the heat down and let it cook for roughly 12-15. If the sauce turns too thick add some tablespoons of water.
  4. Once it’s done, remove it from the heat completely and let it cool off.
  5. For the batter, sift about 125 grams of flour (we will use the other 50g flour in a minute), baking powder and a pinch of salt. Mix it in a bowl and make a well in the middle. Now, crack the egg in the middle. Then slowly mix in the ice water to make the batter. 
  6. In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut and breadcrumbs. In another bowl put the remaining 50 grams of flour. 
  7. For the next step, we’ll work with 1 prawn at a time. First, coat it in plain flour and then dip it into the batter. Lastly, roll it in the mixture of breadcrumbs and coconut. Place it on a separate plate when done. Now repeat this process till all prawns are coated. 
  8. For deep frying, fill half a deep fry pan with oil. Heat it up to 180°C. Make sure to work in batches to prevent overfilling the pan and fry each batch for 1-2 minutes until they’re golden and crispy. Drain on a paper towel and serve it with the papaya sauce!
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