Crumbed Prawns with a Lemon Balsamic dipping sauce

This summer don’t just throw a shrimp on the barbie…

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Spring has turned to summer and we are well and truly on our way to enjoy some sunshine and beach time in Australia. Importantly its time to throw some shrimp on the barbie or better yet fry it!

For most people summer time would mean more fruits and salads, which makes sense, but I love those delicious fried snacks to relish with my chilled cider. Perhaps it is the Indian in me and those warm summers of Bombay that have seasoned me to relish spicy curries and deep fried goodies in summer too.  

Add flavour to the heat at your next summer soiree with this cheesy, crispy, tangy and tasty dish.

Ingredients: 12          Cooking time: 5 minutes
Serves: 6

For the Prawns

  • One dozen of king prawns (shelled and deveined)
  • One cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • One cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • One tablespoon of dried rosemary leaves
  • One cup of plain flour
  • One cup of water
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the dipping sauce

  • One cup of lemon juice
  • Two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • One tablespoon of sugar
  • One teaspoon of soy sauce
  • Two tablespoon chopped coriander or continental parsley

In a bowl mix the flour and water with a pinch of salt and whisk it, ensuring there are no lumps. Your tempura batter is ready. In another bowl mix the rosemary leaves with the panko bread crumbs. 

Create an assembly line. First tempura batter, then grated cheese and lastly breadcrumbs. Dip the prawns in the tempura batter first, then into the cheese and at last crumb them with the rosemary panko breadcrumbs. 


Before deep frying the prawns, make the dipping sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl and giving it a good stir. Transfer the dipping sauce into a serving bowl. The sauce should be sweet and sour, so depending on your flavour preference add extra lemon juice or sugar if necessary.

In a frying pan heat the oil and deep fry the prawns on both sides until crispy. This should not take more than two minutes on each side.

Crumbed prawns are now ready to devour! Remember this summer don’t just throw a shrimp on a barbie, instead – FRY IT!

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