Prawn fried rice


The only time I ate fried rice was like way way back in the 90’s.

When I went through I don’t like eating eggs phase, and I discovered that in some Chinese restaurants they put egg in their fried rice and then I went off fried rice all together.

Before the fast, I was trying to get rid of all the meat and fish that I had in the freezer, so that it wouldn’t go bad… even though I might be a tad bit dramatic seeing as the fast only lasts 10 days.

I had a packet of prawns that I really wanted to use, but to make a prawn briyani was just too much work and to make a prawn curry would also mean that I would need to make a rice dish with it to absorb all the gravy.

I was looking through my recipes when I came across a recipe for prawn fried rice that didn’t contain eggs… how happy do you think I was when I discovered that.

Ingredients for the rice:

  • 2 x cups raw rice.
  • 2 x tbsp. salt.
  • 1 x tbsp. cooking oil.
  • 1 x cinnamon stick.
  • 6 x whole cloves.
  • 1 x tsp fennel seeds.
  • 6 x cardamom pods.
  • 1 x tsp whole pepper


  • Put everything in a pot and fill with enough water to cover the rice.
  • Boil till the rice is soft, drain off the water and set aside.

Ingredients for marinating prawns:

  • 500g x prawns, cleaned and deveined.
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 x tsp chilli powder
  • 1 x tsp lemon juice
  • 1 x tsp soy sauce

Method for the prawns:

  • Mix everything in a bowl, cover and set in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Ingredients for the prawn fried rice:

  • Rice
  • 2 x tbsp. cooking oil.
  • 2 x tbsp. ginger and garlic paste..
  • 1 x green chilli, chopped.
  • 1 x onion, finely chopped.
  • 2 x peppers , deseeded and chopped.
  • 1 x tsp soy sauce.
  • 1 x tsp lemon juice.
  • Salt to taste.
  • 1 x tsp sugar.
  • 1 x tsp pepper powder.
  • Red onion sliced and coriander to garnish


  • Heat oil in a wok.
  • Add in the prawns and cook them for 3 to 4 mins till it is curled and cooked. Remove it and set aside.
  • In the same pan, add onions, garlic, ginger, green chillies and peppers.
  • Saute till the onions are transparent.
  • Now add in soy sauce, vinegar, salt, sugar and pepper.
  • Add in the cooked prawns and toss well.
  • Add in the rice and fry for 2 mins
  • To finish, garnish with the sliced red onions and chopped coriander

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