Euro 2012 Football Food – Battered Prawns

After the humiliating defeat of the Dutch by the Danes on Saturday (and made worse by the press having a field day with the poor Dutch players) I’m staying (a little) quieter. Whoever you are supporting these Battered Prawns are yummy as a snack to eat with your football beers. They are not really Sri Lankan but this recipe is by a Sri Lankan cook – Chef Duminda.

Battered Prawns:


500 g prawns
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup flour
2 tsp’s baking powder
1 cup Cornstarch
1 egg
1 tablespoon oil
3/4 cup soda (or water)
4 cups oil


Wash, shell and devein prawns, leaving the tails on. Sprinkle with salt and mix well. Refrigerate for two hours.

Mix flour, baking powder, cornstarch, eggs, oil and soda (or water) to make a batter.

Heat wok. Add 4 cups oil and reheat. Holding the prawns by the tails, dip into the batter, then drop into hot oil. Fry until golden, turning once. Drain. Serve hot.

TO MAKE IN ADVANCE: Deep fry, cool and freeze. Then when required preheat oven to 350F. Place frozen prawns in single layer on a baking sheet and heat for 12 to 15 minutes.

Serve with cocktail sauce, aioli, chili sauce or sweet and sour sauce for dipping.

Battered Prawns - courtesy of Chef Duminda
Battered Prawns – courtesy of Chef Duminda

2 thoughts on “Euro 2012 Football Food – Battered Prawns”

  1. I am still looking for my dropped jaw after the Dutch/Dane match! :(. As for recipe, I am allergic to farmed shrimps / prawns (Only food I am allergic to) So usually I just pass them by unless it is Ama Ebi served in a Japanese restaurant, they tell you idf they are farmed or not!

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