Spicy Sichuan-style prawns

Spicy Sichuan-style prawns

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 4
Stir-fry shellfish with a spicy tomato, ginger and chilli bean sauce for a classic Chinese seafood dish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal156
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre0g
  • protein20g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 1½ tbsp groundnut oil
  • 2cm piece ginger, finely chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

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

  • 450g raw prawns, shelled and de-veined



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

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 3 tsp chilli bean sauce
  • 2 tsp Chinese black vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • handful coriander leaves, to serve
  • sliced spring onion, to serve
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

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


  1. Heat a wok over a high heat. Add the groundnut oil and, when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the ginger, garlic and spring onions. Stir-fry for 20 secs, then add the prawns. Stir-fry for about 1 min, then add all the sauce ingredients, along with ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp ground black pepper. Continue to stir-fry for another 3 mins over a high heat. Serve at once, scattered with the coriander and spring onion.

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Hopesedge's picture
16th Nov, 2018
This was really tasty, easy to make and had a ton of flavor, there was just enough heat and went well with vermicelli noodles. I would have this again and wouldn't change much, probably just add more spring onions. Great dish.
1st Jul, 2016
Loved it! Very quick to make and simple too. Has quite a kick to it! Could do with a bit more sauce so may add some water next time
25th Mar, 2016
Could this be the tastiest recipe on bbc goodfood?? It's absolutely phenomenal. Tesco do the chilli bean sauce if anyone is struggling. It's on the world food aisle.
deejayellie's picture
19th Oct, 2015
Nice recipe, which is quick and simple.
14th May, 2015
Good meal but needed more liquid in the sauce. With steamed rice it was a little dry so I plan to add some water and a wee bit more chilli bean sauce next time. I added in a tin of bamboo shoots which were a good accompaniment to the prawns. Great flavours and so easy to cook and clear up after!
2nd Mar, 2015
Nice simple recipe, great for a weeknight. We substituted chilli bean sauce for chilli garlic sauce so the flavour outcome will have been quite different but equally tasty.
19th Feb, 2015
These were delicious, enjoyed by all and will certainly be made and enjoyed again. As we were unable to get to an Asian supermarket for the chilli bean sauce we used a third chilli paste, two thirds black bean paste which worked well.
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