Southern-fried prawns served on a plate

Southern-fried prawns

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins plus chilling

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Serves 6

Experiment with Southern-style coating on prawns, instead of chicken. These moreish prawns have a crispy, spicy coating and taste great with a hot gumbo dip and lemon wedges

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal243
  • fat11g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein12g
  • salt1g


  • sunflower oil, for deep-frying
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • ½ bunch of coriander, leaves picked, to serve
  • 1 lemon, zested (optional) and cut into wedges to serve



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

For the prawns

  • 100ml buttermilk
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



    There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…

  • ½ tsp garlic granules



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 18 jumbo raw prawns, head left on, tails peeled, butterflied



    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

For the coating

  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 50g cornflakes, crushed to fine crumbs


  1. To prepare the prawns, mix the buttermilk, garlic granules and ground ginger together in a bowl. Add the prawns and stir to coat, then chill for at least 30 mins or overnight.

  2. Meanwhile, make the coating by combining all of the ingredients with a pinch of salt in a shallow dish. Set aside.

  3. Allow any excess buttermilk marinade to drip off the prawns, then dip in the coating mixture, turning to ensure an even covering.

  4. Heat a deep-fat fryer no more than a third full of oil to 180C. Or, heat the oil to a depth of 10cm in a pan until a cube of bread sizzles and turns golden in 30 seconds. Carefully lower 3-4 prawns into the oil at a time and deep-fry for 2 mins, or until crisp and golden. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper using a slotted spoon, then season and sprinkle with the coriander leaves and lemon zest, if you like. Serve with the hot gumbo dip (see below) and some lemon wedges for squeezing over.

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