XO Sauce Prawns

XO Sauce Prawns

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With Chinese New Year around the corner, many people are including prawns in their menu because the word sounds like “ha” in Cantonese and some other Chinese dialects, symbolizing laughter (笑 “哈哈”) and happiness. This is an easy and quick recipe for prawns stir-fried in XO Sauce.  XO Sauce is a seafood sauce popular in Cantonese cuisine, and it is a sauce I recently started to use and really like. It’s slightly pricey because of the presence of dried scallops. To me, it is a god-sent sauce for stir frying, especially for a lazy cook like me. Foods coated in XO sauce just taste good. With the yummy sauce, you don’t need a lot of other marinades and condiments to season the food.

XO Sauce Prawns

XO Sauce

XO Sauce

XO Sauce Prawns

XO Sauce is a gourmet Cantonese seafood sauce made up of dried scallops & dried shrimps among other ingredients, and it can be eaten on its own as a condiment or used in stir-fries.

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 8 mins

Ingredients

  • 10 medium to large prawns, shells (except tail end) and veins removed
  • 1 bell pepper, de-seeded, cut to bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil

(A) Sauce (combine well)

  • 1 tbsp XO sauce
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Chinese wine

Directions

  1. Heat oil in wok. Stir fry garlic till fragrant.
  2. Add bell pepper wedges, stir fry for about 1-2 minutes till cooked.
  3. Add prawns and stir fry briefly until the prawns start to curl and turn opaque. Add (A) and stir fry until the prawns are fully cooked and well coated in the sauce.