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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Crispy oat prawns

Crispy oats , corn flakes and basil with prawns
The festive chinese new year season is one happy holiday for the other 2 members of my family. I make exceptions in my cooking and allow for the once in a year deep fried things which they love. And that could most likely be the reason why they look forward to the clan's yearly reunion dinners where I hold court in the kitchen. That way, they get to have their wish list of foods come true.

This year, in lieu of price hikes, I had hoarded so much prawns that the end result was many variations of  prawn dishes . But nothing beats this crispy version.  Instead of curry leaves, I opted for basil which was thriving  in my yard. Basil and prawns make a great partnership in whichever way you cook it and with the crispy oats and cornflakes, it was the icing on the cake.

Ingredients :

1/2 kg medium sized prawns, shelled and deveined
2 cups rice flour
2 cups basil leaves
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup corn flakes

Method :

Shell and devein the prawns. Toss them in rice flour.

Heat a pot of oil until very hot. The temperature is about right with bubbles form around a bamboo skewer dipped in the hot oil.

Pick up the prawns with chopsticks and shake the flour off the prawns.

Drop into the hot oil and fry the prawns. Avoid overcrowding the pot with too many prawns at the same time, to maintain the temperature of the oil and prevent too much sweating of the prawns.

Fry prawns until golden brown. Remove prawns from the pot and strain off oil.

Next, toss the basil leaves in the rice flour. Shake off flour and fry the basil leaves, 3 seconds.

Reduce oil to half, straining off residue flour with a sieve.

Reduce heat to medium, fry oats , 1 minute. Add the corn flakes , toss until the mixture is golden brown and crispy. Drain oil.

Toss leaves, prawns and oats. Serve hot.


  1. Me too. I seldom deep fry foods. But for CNY, I break my usual rule and indulge my family with some crispy you jiao. :)

  2. Looks great and I love the idea of substituting basil with curry leaves! As you know, I can't find curry leaves here. :)

  3. i still hv some prawns left in my fridge for 2 more prawn dishes..i was thinking to cook oat prawns too. Nice idea with basil!

  4. Wow, I think this is a fascinating recipe. The use of oats and corn flakes, and the combo of basil with prawns, looks just fantastic to me. I've never seen anything like it served here in the U.S. I'm so tempted to try this. Beautiful!

  5. Looks delicious! I love all of your posts!

    I've been wondering would you spice up a Japanese rice ball? I've made them plain (and put either soy sauce or Japanese mayo on them), and I've fried up seasoned shrimp, diced them up and put them in the center of the balls. The shrimp rice balls were really good! How would you suggest making rice balls?

  6. Hi Orange Dude,thank you for dropping by. I love a mean Japanese rice ball. Those with ingredients in them are called onigiri and as rice is normally seasoned, I add simple ingredients such as smoked octopus, shredded seaweed, chopped plums, edamame and pickles. Hope this helps.