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Honey prawns recipe

Honey prawns are a popular Chinese takeaway dish that you can easily cook at home. Serve with fried rice and your family will be demanding seconds.



  • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup cornflour
  • 500g green king prawns, deveined, tails intact
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds, toasted


Place self-raising flour in a bowl. Whisk in the egg and water gradually, until a thick batter forms. Meanwhile, heat oil for deep-frying.

Dip the prawns in cornflour; then dip into the batter, shaking off any excess.

Deep fry batches of 6 prawns until golden and drain on absorbent paper.

When all of the prawns are cooked, heat the honey in a microwave for 60 seconds.

Toss the prawns in the warmed honey and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with fried rice.


  • You can thin the batter with water to give you a thinner, crispier coating. This recipe produces quite a thick coating.
  • To toast sesame seeds: dry fry them in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Make sure you give them a good shake every 20 seconds.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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