Friday, April 28, 2017

Sweet N Sour Prawn - A chinese side dish


I did not give any prawn recipe for long. So I thought of giving this Chinese recipe this time.

Preparation Time: - 15 min

Cooking Time: - 30~35 min

Servings: - 3~4 persons


  1. 250 gm. Large Prawn. I bought fresh prawns this time but you can use frozen ones
  2. 1 medium size capsicum / Bell paper (I had green only but you can use red or yellow as well)
  3. 1 large onion chopped
  4. 1 carrot thinly sliced
  5. 1 small sized Pineapple in cubed form (150 gm approx.)
  6. 7 tbsp. Tomato Ketchup
  7. 1 tbsp. soya sauce
  8. 1 ½ tbsp. Black pepper crushed
  9. 2 tbsp. Corn flour / Corn starch
  10. 1 tbsp. Vinegar
  11. 1 tbsp. Sugar
  12. Chili paste ( optional – according to your taste )
  13. 8 tbsp vegetable oil ( I used sunflower oil )
  14. ¼ cup chopped Spring Onion
  15. Salt to taste.


  1. First remove the shell, remove the central vein of the prawn and clean thoroughly. In case you used the frozen prawns then no need to do this as they are already peeled and deveined. 
  2. Crush Black pepper 
  3. Rub prawns with salt, crushed pepper and chili paste (Optional - I did not use it). Mix well and keep it marinated for 15 minutes. 
  4. Cut the bell pepper, slice the carrot thinly and chop the onions. 
  5. Cut the pineapple in cubed shape and keep aside. 
  6. Add 1 tbsp corn flour in little bit of water and keep aside. 
  7. Add rest of corn flour to the marinated prawn and mix well. 
  8. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai/ non-stick pan. Shallow fry the prawn till they turn golden. 

  9. Discard the remaining oil and wash the kadai if you want to re-use it. Otherwise heat 4 tbsp oil in a separate vessel. 
  10. Add all the vegetables and stir fry for 5 minutes. 
  11. Add pineapple cubes. Stir and mix well and continue cooking for 2 min. 
  12. Add tomato ketchup, soya sauce, vinegar, salt and sugar in the mixture. 
  13.  Stir and mix well. Continue cooking till the pineapple becomes soft. It should take about 10~15 min. 
  14.  Add a cup of water in the mixture. 
  15. Pour the corn flour in this to make the gravy thicken. 
  16. Now add the already fried prawn to the gravy. Continue cooking for another 2 minutes and then switch off the flame. Let the prawn absorb the gravy for some time. 
  17. Garnish with chopped spring onion and little bit of crushed black pepper.

Serve this side dish with Chinese noodles / chow Mein or Fried rice.

As always please feel free to comment, criticize and seek if any help is required. I am all ears.