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Korean Chili Prawns

Korean Chili Prawns

Shrimp, prawns, they are just fabulous. I know there are some people that are anti seafood or anti shrimp, but I just love it. I always try and get tiger prawns at Costco — although they are a little pricey but they are well worth it.

Yang Nyum Shrimp 6Although the normal chili shrimp/prawns are fried, but I don’t like frying things at home – I rarely do. But of course, you can fry them if you’d like – but I grilled the prawns instead. I have to admit, frying them would be tastier… but certainly not healthier.

Yang Nyum Shrimp 8The sauce is spicy and sweet – it is a lot like Korean YangNyum chicken, but with prawns.

Yang Nyum ShrimpPeel and devein prawns. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper – and add 2 tablespoons cornstarch and stir well to coat evenly.

Yang Nyum Shrimp 2Heat olive oil in wok — add crushed garlic and prawns (or shrimp) and cook until they are thoroughly cooked.

Yang Nyum Shrimp 3

Make sauce.

Yang Nyum Shrimp 4Add the sauce to the wok and cook until the sauce thickens.

Yang Nyum Shrimp 7I served it with cooked Somen and sprinkled some crushed peanuts on top. It was fabulous.

Korean Chili Prawns
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Spicy — reduce the amount of chili sauce if you want it to be less spicy.
Cuisine: Asian/Korean
Serves: 4

  • 24 prawns or shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 3 tablespoons Asian chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • crushed peanuts

  1. In medium bowl, place prawns, salt, ground pepper, cornstarch and stir together until well coasted. At this point you can deep fry the prawns if you want.
  2. Heat olive and chili oil in wok over medium high heat. Add the garlic to the pan and stir, for 1 minute. Add the prawns and cook until they are cooked through.
  3. Make the sauce by combining chili sauce, ketchup, sugar, and water in bowl. Add the sauce to the wok and stir well, until the sauce thickens.
  4. If desired, serve with cooked somen and sprinkle with crushed peanuts to the prawns.



5 Responses to “Korean Chili Prawns”

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    Fern @ To Food with Love — June 27, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Love the sound of these, and the crushed peanuts make them look even more appetizing! Will make these soon!

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    The Future Mrs. Vines — February 6, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Any idea on how I can recreate a chili sauce if I don’t have any on hand? I can buy some, but I’m just wondering. At any rate, this looks very tasty. I just picked up shrimp at H-Mart for $5.99/lb. They’re big boys, too!

    I love Korean cuisine, so I’ll definitely be checking out some of your other posts. I’d love to see something on cactus pads.

    I shared this for you!

    • Sook replied: — February 8th, 2015 @ 1:06 pm

      Thank you for sharing! :) I know some people make their own chili sauce but it is complicated and I don’t recommend you trying, lol I would suggest that you get some at Hmart or online on Amazon!


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