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Malaysian Tamarind Fried Prawns

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Malaysian Tamarind Fried Prawns



Total Time
Total Time
Prep 30 M / Cook 10 M

2 Servings

Grace Teo
Grace Teo   thegraceteo
Published on September 27, 2012

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400 g
2 tbsp
tamarind paste
1 tbsp


Assam Prawns is one of the many Peranakan dishes I grew up with. Preparing a dish like tamarind prawns could not be any simpler than this. With just some salt, sugar and the core ingredient, tamarind paste, a marvelous dish is created! It is without a doubt that this dish is very appetizing, with the sweetness of the prawns and the sourish taste of the tamarind paste infused together creating an amazing flavour.

Cook prawns with shell on

This recipe has a simple list of ingredients. It is therefore important to have the shell on to the prawns when cooking to ensure that the original flavours from the prawns are kept. This makes the dish even more flavourful when combined with the sweet and sour flavours. For best results, keep the head of the prawns on for its flavour to seep through the gravy as it cooks.

Marinate prawns

It takes 30 minutes to marinate the prawns. If you have more time, the prawns can be marinated up to 2 hours in the refridgerator. Cooking duration however should only take 10 minutes and you will be enjoying a flavourful dish of tamarind fried prawns!

Perfect weeknight recipe

This is a perfect after work recipe using minimal ingredients and a short preparation time. Stir fry some simple greens and you can pair them up with these succulent assam prawns.

Malaysian Tamarind Fried Prawns is also known as: Assam Prawns



Step 1/2

  • 400 g prawns
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • salt
  • sugar

Marinate the prawns with tamarind paste. Add some salt and sugar to taste. If the tamarind paste is too thick, add some water.


Step 2/2

  • 1 tbsp oil

Stir fry the prawns at medium to low heat until the tamarind juice dries up.

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