These prawns are tasty, and so simple.  With sticky rice or stir fried veggies, or a big green salad with sesame soy dressing – any way you serve it, they taste great!  A nice, relatively healthy dinner for a night in.


1 lb shelled and de-veined prawns
3 tbsp corn starch
1/2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
1 tsp kosher sea salt
1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
2 tbsp canola oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Serrano or jalapeno pepper
2 large green onions, chopped


  1. Pat prawns dry, lay out on a layer of paper towels and place two other paper towels on top to continue to absorb moisture.
  2. In a shallow bowl combine, cornstarch, pepper, salt and five spice.
  3. Mix prawns with the cornstarch until all are fully coated.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat.
  5. Place prawns in skillet, single layered.
  6. Allow to cook for about 2 minutes, until golden brown and spotted on underside.
  7. Flip and cook second side for another 1 minute.
  8. Remove prawns from pan.
  9. Heat remaining 1 tbsp of oil in pan, add garlic, green onions and pepper.  Allow to cook for about 1 minute until fragrant, just before garlic browns.
  10. Add prawns back to garlic mixture and cook through one more minute.
  11. Remove from heat and serve.