These Szechuan salt and pepper prawns are so delicious!
Juicy prawns are coated in a spicy batter then baked until crisp for the perfect crunch.
There's no need to deep fry these, so they are healthier and perfect for a starter, appetiser or light lunch too.
Who needs the takeaway?
I used to love takeaway food, but now I find that it is often expensive, disappointing, oily and, if you live in a village like me, just too far away to justify the trip.
Luckily, this recipe is just so easy and ready in about 20 minutes. There's no messing with hot oil either, which is much healthier for everyone.
You can adapt this recipe to use other ingredients too.
❤️ Why you will love this dish
- Ready in 20 minutes.
- Baked not fried.
- Easy to adjust the spice level.
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- Prawns - raw king prawns, (shrimp), deveined and shell removed. If you prefer, leave on the end tail parts for presentation. Use fresh or frozen prawns that have been defrosted.
- Egg - free range beaten egg.
- Flour - plain or all purpose flour.
- Flaked sea salt - or other salt of your choice.
- Ground black pepper - freshly ground.
- Szechuan pepper - these are widely available now online or in supermarkets.
The printable recipe card with full ingredient quantities and instructions can be found at the bottom of the article.
Put the flour in a bowl with the Szechuan pepper, flaked sea salt and ground black pepper.
💭 Top Tip
- If you want more of a fine pepper mix, I use a small coffee grinder just for spices like this. It also works well for cardamom pods and black pepper too. Alternatively, use a pestle and mortar.
- The dipping of the prawns can get quite messy, so I like to use one hand for flouring and the other for egg dipping. This will stop you from getting crusty hands!
Give it a stir to distribute the spices.
I used frozen raw king prawns so dry them off with some paper towel and then add them to the flour and coat evenly with a fork.
Dip them in beaten egg first and then back into the flour mix.
Make sure that they are fully coated and place on a non stick baking tray.
⏲️ Baking Time
Bake at 190 C / 375 F / 170 FAN / Gas 5 for about 10 minutes.
Serve immediately with your favourite sauce.
Baked, crispy Szechuan salt and pepper prawns. They are not as naughty as normal but they are certainly delicious and very easy to do.
🥗 Side Dishes
Serve as part of an Asian meal with some of these ideas.
- Flour - use a gluten free flour, or for a change use cornflour or coconut flour.
- Squid - or calamri rings or pieces.This is a great dish to make with squid rings or small pieces of squid, if you are not a fan of prawns. I like to score pieces of squid in a diamond pattern as then they will curl up as they cook. This is also a great coating for baked chicken too.
- Chicken - use chicken fillets or strips instead. Depending on their size, they made to be cooked longer.
- Refrigerator - cool, cover and store for up to 2 days.
- Freezer - place in arirtight containers and freeze for up to a month. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
- Reheat - in the oven for 10 minutes at 190 C / 375 F / 170 FAN / Gas 5.
🍱 Prepare in Advance
- Coat the prawns too far in advance as they will still leach out some liquid.
Szechuan or Sichuan pepper is not a pepper or chilli at all. It is actually a flower. If you haven't tried it before the taste has a hint of citrus. The strangest thing is the subtle buzzing warmth in your mouth, which is not unpleasant. The flavour is nothing like chilli though, so don't be put off if you are not keen on spicy food.
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Szechuan Salt and Pepper Prawns.
- kitchen roll
- Pastry brush
- Baking tray non stick or lined with silicon
- 225 g raw king prawns about 20
- 1 egg beaten
- 4 tablespoon plain flour
- 1 teaspoon flaked sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Szechuan pepper
- Combine the Szechuan, salt and pepper with the flour and dry the prawns.
- Dip the prawns in the flour and coat evenly.
- Dip the prawns in the egg mixture.
- Return the prawns to the flour mixture and arrange on a non stick dish brushed with oil.
- Cook at 190 C for about 10 minutes until crisp and golden.
- If you want more of a fine pepper mix I use a small coffee grinder just for spices like this. It also works well for cardamom pods and black pepper too.
- The dipping of the prawns can get quite messy so I like to use one hand for flouring and the other for egg dipping. This will stop you from getting crusty hands
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.
Detailed instructions for this recipe, including step by step photographs, hints and tips, can be found in the main article.
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🍲 Food Safety
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat.
- Wash hands after touching raw meat.
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds.
- Always have good ventilation when using gas.
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