Cantonese Garlic King Prawns

Kwoklyn Wan says the smell of this prawn dish brings back memories of his childhood, and the Chinese restaurant his parents owned in Leicester.

“I think it’s the amazing combination of garlic and butter being cooked together that always tickled my nose and made my mouth water.”

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Cantonese Garlic King Prawns

Serves: 2


  • 16 large raw king prawns (jumbo shrimp), left whole and unpeeled
  • 1 medium white onion, finely diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 green pepper, finely diced
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon white pepper


Carefully cut a slit along the back of each prawn and remove the digestive tract. Rinse under cold water, drain and set to one side.

Place your wok over a medium-high heat. Once hot, add the oil and swirl around the pan to warm, then add the diced onion and fry for 30 seconds, followed by the garlic; continue to fry for 20 seconds. Next add the green pepper and after 30 seconds add the drained whole king prawns. Continue stir-frying for two minutes, by which time the prawns should have started to turn pink.

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Add the butter and evenly sprinkle in the sugar, salt and pepper. Mix well and fry for a further two to three minutes until the prawns are cooked through. Serve and enjoy.

Chinese Takeaway In 5 by Kwoklyn Wan, photography by Sam Folan, is published by Quadrille, available now.

How often do you cook seafood at home? What’s your favourite way to eat prawns?

– With PA

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