Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Easy Butter Prawns

Pin It

Who doesn't enjoy a plate of rich buttery prawns, infused with the fragrance of curry leaves?

This dish is a delightful combination of Eastern and Western flavours, and is truly finger-licking good.  It is also very easy to cook at home.  

Curry leaves impart a wonderful smoky fragrance and flavour to the dish.
Don't be stingy, add a good handful. It won't be overpowering.

Last weekend I chanced upon some fresh and large prawns at the wet market, going for a bargain, and immediately thought of making this dish as a treat for the family.  If you are in the midst of planning for the CNY reunion dinner, this dish is guaranteed to be a hit.

Easy Butter Prawns
Serves 4

  • 400g fresh and large prawns
  • 1 handful of fresh curry leaves
  • 1 fat clove of garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbspn softened butter
  • 1/3 cup of full cream milk (we like it wet, with lots of gravy)
  • 1 tbspn sugar
  • Generous dash of salt and pepper to taste

1.  Rinse the prawns, trim off the feelers and cut the head just at the eyes point.  Drain thoroughly.

2.  Drizzle some oil and pan fry the prawns until just cooked.  Set aside. 

3.  Using the same pan, heat some oil, add in the garlic and curry leaves.  Fry until the garlic turned golden and the curry leaves have turned opaque.  Add in the butter, milk and sugar.  Stir and bring to a gentle boil.  Add in the prawns and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately with hot steam rice. 

Easy isn't it :)

I know some recipes that add a dash of Chinese cooking wine and soy sauce to the gravy.  I tried both and didn't quite like the resulting taste.  This version best suits our tastebuds. 

You can also add an egg yolk to this, to get those yummy golden bits.  Just push an egg yolk through a sift into the bubbling gravy.  However, most of the time I'm rushing to prepare dinner, so I skip this part.

Love more prawn recipes? Try this much loved recipe in our family Pan Fried Prawns -  super duper easy and just as finger licking good.  

Finally, here are more recipe ideas for your CNY reunion dinner menu.
Chinese Roast Pork, the mess free way

The Best BBQ Pork / Char Siew

Peking Style Jing Dou Spare Ribs

The Best Chicken Soup


  1. Oooo..... I love butter and I am sure I love this looking so wonderfully delicious BUTTER PRAWNS!! My mouth started to get wet now....

  2. Esther , this dish looks very appetizing ! Can't remember if I've tried this dish before :P I've seen huge tiger prawns at the market for several days now and the price is not bad at all . Hopefully , by the time I have the urge to buy it , it won't be too expensive :D

  3. These butter prawns look delicious!

  4. This is so easy and yummy! I love it. I haven't tried curry leaves before, so I'm looking forward to it.


Feel free to leave your comments here. If you are not a blogger, just select profile and choose "Name/URL", fill in your name and leave the URL blank. Thanks and hope you enjoy the postings here, or better still, get to try some new recipes from here. Cheers!