Chinese New Year Recipes - Chilli Prawns


  • 300g cooked king prawns
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated or crushed
  • 5cm piece ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • ┬Ż tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 4 tsp reduced salt soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 5 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 100g mangetout, shredded
  • 100g sugar snap peas
  • 2 heads pak choi, or 120g pointed cabbage, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 small red chilli, sliced


  1. Tip the prawns into a bowl, add the garlic, ginger, chilli powder and cornflour and mix really well.

  2. Stir the prawns in and mix until the prawns are totally coated.

  3. Heat a wok until hot then add the soy sauce, 75ml water, and the tomato sauce and whisk until smooth and just simmering.

  4. Add the prawns and heat for 2-3 minutes until hot through and the sauce has thickened slightly.

  5. Heat a large pan until hot, add the oil and all but 1 tbsp of the spring onions and fry for 1 minute.

  6. Add the mangetout and sugar snap and stir well, then lay the pak choi or pointed cabbage over the top. Add 100ml water and cover with a lid.

  7. Simmer/steam for 3-4 minutes until just tender.

  8. Divide the vegetables between serving plates, then spoon the prawns alongside. Top with the remaining spring onion and chilli.