Spicy prawn cakes

Spicy prawn cakes

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(7 ratings)

Cook: 45 mins - 55 mins


Serves 2
Thai-style fish cakes make a special supper to share

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal621
  • fat29g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs61g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein33g
  • salt3.59g
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  • 3 spring onions
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 small red chillies



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • finely grated zest of 1 lime and 1 tbsp fresh lime juice



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • pinch of sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 225g shelled raw tiger prawn
  • 1-2 tbsp plain flour, for dusting
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

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

  • 140g medium egg noodles (we used Blue Dragon)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 rounded tsp grated fresh root ginger
  • 50g mangetout, trimmed and thinly sliced lengthways
    Mangetout with papaya & beansprouts on a white plate



    The French name tells you everything; it means ‘eat it all’. Mangetout properly…

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds


  1. Chop 1 spring onion and tip into a food processor. Slice the remaining 2 spring onions diagonally and set aside. Halve both chillies lengthways and discard the seeds. Put 1 chilli into the food processor, finely chop the other and set aside.

  2. Add the lime zest, sugar, 2 tbsp of the coriander and a generous pinch of sea salt to the spring onion and chilli in the processor and whizz to a coarse paste. Add the prawns and whizz until everything is chopped but still has some texture.

  3. Tip the mixture on to a floured surface and with floured hands lightly shape into 4 rounds, each about 1cm thick. (You can make ahead up to this point. Cover and keep refrigerated for up to 24 hours.)

  4. Heat 2 tbsp of the sunflower oil in a smallish frying pan and start frying the prawn cakes – cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side, turning them over when they become golden. As soon as you have turned the prawn cakes, put the noodles into a saucepan of boiling water on a back burner. Stir to separate and cook for 4 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tbsp sunflower oil in a wok (or another frying pan) and stir-fry the garlic, ginger and reserved chilli for 1 minute. Tip in the mangetout and reserved spring onions and stir-fry for a further 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the soy sauce, sesame oil and lime juice.

  6. Drain the noodles and toss them into the stir-fry. Pile on to plates, top with the prawn cakes and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and remaining coriander.

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19th May, 2013
Lovely but like everyone else has said the cakes are tricky to make. The texture is very sticky and need to be formed with damp hands and then totally coated in flour to make them hold. Used asparagus spears instead of mange tout and threw in a yellow pepper for good measure. Will make again but it's definite one for the weekend when more spare time is available.
24th Jan, 2011
Simple to prepare mixture but very sticky and wet & messy to cook. Taste wasn't worth the mess am afraid.
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22nd Nov, 2010
Lovely! I used coconut cream powder instead of the flour and it tasted great.
28th May, 2009
I added fresh garlic & ginger to the prawn mix then covered the cakes in flour followed by brown bread crumbs. Stuck together well during cooking and tasted great.
14th Feb, 2009
I love this recipe. It is a bit messy so I make the prawn cakes up the day before I cook them. Makes everything nice and easy.
16th Aug, 2008
i think it work well with fish
25th Jul, 2008
I loved making this recipe! The first time i made it i thought it was pretty difficult, as im not the best cook! But i have made it loads of times since and now its easy! My partner loves it so much i have to make it nearly every week!!
1st Apr, 2008
Worked really well and tasted great
21st Mar, 2008
Too messy, just a goop, tasted average. Avoid!
7th Feb, 2008
very nice but needed a lot more flour then mentioned to keep the prawn cakes together. Quite messy too! Will make again but probrably just stir fry the prawns whole.
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