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Cereal Prawns (Cheater’s Method)


Cheater's Cereal Prawn Recipe

Cereal Prawns Recipe

Deepfrying the prawns (including the shells) and curry leaves before the actual wokking ensures that they are crispy after cooked, which is an important criteria of a good cereal prawn dish.

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins


  • 40g of instant cereal prawn mix (I use half a packet)
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 8 large prawns (about 250g)
  • yolks of 2 raw salted eggs chopped roughly (see ingredient substitution note below)
  • 2 chilli padi (bird's eye chilli) sliced thinly
  • 30g butter
  • vegetable oil for deep frying


  1. Using a pair of kitchen scissors, make a slit across the top of the prawn and pull out the veins, leaving the entire shell for the prawn still intact.
  2. In a wok, add enough oil to cover the prawns. When the oil is hot enough (starting to bubble gently at the sides), add in the prawns and curry leaves. Cover and deep fry until the prawns are just cooked. Drain most of the oil leaving just a bit left in the wok and also set aside the prawns and curry leaves. Discard the curry leaves stalks.
  3. Melt butter in the wok, then add chopped salted egg yolks, cereal prawn mix, sliced chilli padi and previously deep fried curry leaves. Stir fry till fragrant.
  4. Add the prawns and stir until they are evenly coated in the cereal paste.


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49 Responses to “Cereal Prawns (Cheater’s Method)”

  1. Little Inbox — June 30, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

    Haha, it’s been so long that I thought of using the instant premix, but still no action taken. It’s time to hands on, hehe…


  2. food-4tots — July 1, 2010 @ 12:00 am

    Cereal prawns mix? Sounds interesting! Got to check it out in the supermarket. I love cheater’s method. It makes my life easier! LOL!


  3. Ching — July 1, 2010 @ 2:52 am

    Looks so yummy! I love cereal prawns!


  4. The Sudden Cook — July 2, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    Great stuff – any reason for leaving the curry leaves on the stalks when frying – I’ve always removed the leaves from the stalk when using them. I have a tupperware full of curry leaves – bought them the other day for my roast chicken – now you’ve given me an idea on how to use them!


    • wiffy replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

      sorry for my late reply! no no special reason. I am lazy to remove the leaves and after the frying, the leaves will come apart themselves.


  5. juhuacha — September 13, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

    Tried this recipe yesterday. The cereal prawn mix is too salty. Can I just use Quaker oatmeals?


    • wiffy replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

      yes!! I tried before with Quaker instant oats and if I have not forgotten, I added a bit of knorr cube for seasoning.


      • juhuacha replied: — November 7th, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

        Would like to recommend another brand of cereal prawn mix-Hong Lai Spices. It is not as salty and tastes great. Available at shop n save.

  6. Judy — September 21, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    I do this too!! hee. I cook this especially when I need to cheer my parents up after a day’s work. It’s fast and super delish.


  7. Joan — March 31, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

    I only have frozen cooked prawns at home. Will those work just as well?


  8. My Kitchen Box — October 15, 2012 @ 3:10 am

    Hi Wiffy…
    Just found your website.. Interesting.. I’d like to try this recipe. However, I don’t think I can get Cereal Prawn Instant Mix here in Chicago. May I know how can I substitute for it? Thx!!