Sri Lankan Devilled Prawns

Sri Lankan Devilled Prawns
Sri Lankan Devilled Prawns

Sri Lanka is an island and naturally full of excellent seafood. By far one of the most favourite appetizers is the spicy devilled tiger prawns which are stir-fried on high heat with onions, banana peppers and chilli flakes. This HOT dish has sweet and sour notes to it which makes it heavenly on a warm day paired with a cold beer.


  • 500g of large tiger prawns legs cutoff, washed and cleaned with shell
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of minced ginger
  • 1 large onion cut into wedges
  • 2 banana peppers sliced diagonally
  • 1 large tomato cut into wedges
  • 2 spring onions cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoons of Chinese chilli paste (recipe found here)
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil


  1. Season the prawns with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the oil in a large wok.
  3. Fry the prawns until slightly golden brown. Remove and keep aside.
  4. In the same oil, stir-fry the garlic and ginger until fragrant.
  5. Add the onions and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the banana peppers and fry for 1 more minute.
  7. Add the chilli paste, sugar, soy sauce and ketchup. Mix well.
  8. Add the prawns and tomatoes. Mix until all prawns are well coated.
  9. Add spring onions and serve hot.

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