Cereal Prawns (Cheater’s Method)

Cheater's Cereal Prawn Recipe

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I suddenly thought of making cereal prawns (麦片虾) because I still have a whole bag of leftover curry leaves after cooking vegetable curry. I think curry leaves are something that you cannot leave out when making this dish because the aroma of the curry leaves is so signature in this dish. The combination of prawns, oats, chilli and curry leaves, fried to crispy perfection, is really blissful. It’s pretty effortless and very cheap to cook this at home, especially with the cheater’s way, with a packet of instant cereal prawn mix.

Instant Cereal Prawn Mix

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.