Panko Garlic Tiger Prawns with Wasabi and Chive Mayo

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Panko is a variety of flaky bread crumb used in Japanese cuisine as a crunchy coating for fried and baked foods. It has a crispier, more airy texture than most types of bread found in Western cuisine and resists absorbing oil or grease when fried, resulting in a lighter coating. Serves 2, but for more just double up the amounts (apart from the egg which will be enough for a double recipe).


For the Tiger Prawns
  • Ten large raw Tiger prawns, shelled with the tails left on
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 4 tbsp Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 3-4 grinder twists of  salt and black pepper
  • 3 tbs groundnut oil for frying
For the Mayo
  • 4 tbs low fat mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp Wasabi paste
  • ½ a clove of garlic finely grated
  • 1 tsp finely chopped chives


  1. First mix together all the ingredients for the Wasabi  mayonnaise, and put the mixture in a small serving bowl, and set aside.
  2. Next, using a sharp knife, cut down the back of each prawn, remove the black intestine thread, and slightly open up the prawn. This is called butterflying the prawn. Dry off each prawn with some kitchen paper.
  3. Put the flour, the beaten egg, and the panko breadcrumbs, each into separate shallow bowls.
  4. Add the garlic granules, salt and pepper, to the panko and mix well.
  5. Now holding each prawn by the tail, dip the prawn first of all into the flour shaking off any excess. Then into the beaten egg, ensure that it is evenly coated, and then into the panko. Make sure that you get a good coating of crumbs on each prawn. Put each prawn carefully onto a plate, until they are all coated
  6. We do this because the flour sticks to the prawn, the egg sticks to the flour and the panko sticks to the egg!
  7. Heat the oil in a small frying pan to a medium heat - you can test this by dropping a few  crumbs of panko into the oil - they should take a minute or so to go brown.
  8. Fry the prawns in small batches for 1-2 minutes each side, until golden brown, and cooked through.
  9. Serve with the Wasabi and Chive mayonnaise as a delicious snack.

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