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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 of 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 important to keep the shells of the prawns intact when cooking to ensure that the original flavour of the prawns remains. This makes the dish even more delectable when combined with the sweet and sour flavours. For best results, keep the heads of the prawns intact too to absorb the gravy as they cook.

Marinate prawns

It takes at least 30 minutes to marinate the prawns. They can be marinated for up to 2 hours, kept in the refrigerator. Cooking duration however should only take 10 minutes to prevent overcooking the prawns.

Perfect weekday recipe

This is a perfect after work recipe using minimal ingredients and a short preparation time. Stir fry some simple greens to pair them 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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