Fried prawn balls

Fish and seafood Starters and snacks

I’ve been cooking so much recently (which I have loved) that I’ve now got a lot to catch up with here and lots of recipes to share. Can’t wait!

Will start with these little fried prawn balls I made a few nights ago – and I think  everyone liked them. Well, they ate them! These are good served with a CUCUMBER DIPPING SAUCE or with SWEET CHILLI SAUCE.

They’re also really useful as once cooked you can just shallow fry -as I’ve done here – for a snack or starter, or use in noodle dishes or in soups and curries. Or once cooled they will keep in the freezer for a couple of months to use another time.

You can fry them as they are or thread onto wooden skewers (soak the skewers in water for half an hour before using).  I didn’t have any skewers the other evening so used wooden toothpicks with just two prawn balls on each –  and actually thought they looked so cute it’s my favourite way to serve them.

These take a little time and have a few stages in the process of making them – and generate a few pans to wash up – but are really simple and it’s well worth giving them a try!

To make about 20 small prawn balls you’ll need:

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a small piece of pork or a tablespoon or so of pork mince (optional but it’s good to have a bit of fat in them)

a packet of raw prawns (approx 200g), defrosted if frozen, and de-veined

zest of one lime

a small handful of coriander leaves

half a red chilli, chopped

one garlic clove, minced

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon soy sauce

one egg white

plain flour

If it’s not already minced put the piece of pork into the food processor first and give it a quick whizz to mince.

Then add all the other ingredients except the flour …

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Pulse to combine thoroughly and then add the flour straight in, a little at a time, and pulse again.

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Add flour until the mixture starts to hold together. It takes quite a bit of flour so just add it steadily bit by bit and pulse each time.

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Put a saucepan of water on to boil and whilst waiting for it to boil make the fish balls.

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Using two teaspoons, make little scoops of the mixture into balls and set aside until the water is boiling.

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Then drop the fish balls into the water one at a time and when they’re all in wait for the water to return to the boil – which will take a minute or two – and boil for a couple of minutes.

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Drain …

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… and then either cool before freezing or using in other dishes, or thread onto bamboo skewers/toothpicks to fry.

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Heat oil in a pan and fry until golden, turning a few times. It will take probably a good five minutes.

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And then serve with some sweet chilli sauce and eat. And that’s it!

Hope you like these – let me know in the comments.

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 PS. The step-by-step pictures that look like they were taken on my phone … they were!

The two gorgeous shots were taken by my photographer friend Viktoria Kuti – and very many thank yous Vik.  (viktoriakuti.com)

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