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Chinese Five Spice Fried Prawns

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This is one of my many favourite fried prawns recipe and my inspiration for this dish came from the Cantonese style deep fried salt and pepper prawns and of course the love for the Chinese five spice powder has prompted the creation of this really aromatic and easy Chinese recipe. This recipe is not only gluten free, it is also egg free, dairy free, soy free and nut free.


Chinese 5 Spice Fried Prawns


Chinese Five spice powder is a spice blend of five spices. Although there are many variations to the spices used, the most conventional spices used are Chinese cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, Sichuan peppercorns and star anise. The precise origin of five spice powder is not known, but it is believed that prehistoric Chinese were endeavouring to produce a so called “wonder powder” that incorporates all the five tastes components of sweet, sour, bitter, salty and pungent or spicy. Five spice powder is definitely very distinctive and extremely aromatic and flavourful. With just a hint of the powder, it will convert the dish completely.

Five spice powder are commonly used as a spice rub with meats like chicken, duck, pork and beef, as well as seafood. Also used in red cooking, normally called stews, braises or casseroles for meat dishes cooked with chicken, duck, pork and beef. In addition, five spice powder is used as coating for fried foods. Some common dishes using five spice powder are Cantonese roasted duck, roasted pork, meat stews and salt and pepper prawns.


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Five Spice Fried Prawns

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4 Responses

  1. Sarah
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    This looks soooo good! I’m going to make them this weekend!

    • daphnegoh
      | Reply

      These prawns are tasty on its own or with steamed rice or even Turmeric rice. Hope you enjoy them this weekend. ????

  2. Lucy @ BakingQuern74
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    These prawns look so good! Thanks for the recipe, must try this for a party at home.

    • daphnegoh
      | Reply

      Fried prawns are excellent to serve for house parties. Thanks for your nice comments Lucy!

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