Prawn Spring Rolls

So after buying a batch of frozen prawns for my salt and chilli prawns dish, I had a surplus amount of prawns left over. I decided to do something other than making a prawn cocktail or a prawn salad so decided to use them up by making some delicious Chinese style prawn spring rolls.

This recipe was given to me buy a friend who runs his own Chinese takeaway. This is by far one of his most popular starters and they are delicious! You don’t need to use prawns if you don’t want to, you can substitute them with other meat like pork, chicken or just use the vegetables for some lovely vegetarian spring rolls.

These are great for a starter or for when you have friends over and want to impress them with some fancy finger food.

The prawns I used came frozen with the shell intact and the head removed. I try to use these prawns where I can as I find they taste better. You can of course use pre-prepared prawns (shells removed and deveined)

The pastry I used comes frozen too and is available in any good Asian supermarket. It’s much simpler to buy them pre-made than trying to make the pastry yourself. Most Chinese restaurants and Chinese takeaways will use this spring roll wrapper for their recipes.

Here is my delicious prawn spring rolls recipe




Ingredients:

  • 250 grams of prawns
  • 100 grams of beansprouts
  • Spring roll pastry
  • 2 medium sized carrots
  • 50 grams of mushrooms (I used shitake mushrooms but normally mushrooms will do)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Have your spring roll pastry defrosted and cover with a damp cloth
  2. Peel the carrots and dice into small pieces or strips (I used a julienne attachment on my food processor but you can cut them using a knife if you wish)
  3. Prepare your prawns. Cut them into small pieces and marinade with salt, pepper, soy sauce and some sesame oil
  4. In a frying pan, fry the carrots for 3 minutes on a medium to high heat until they start to soften
  5. Add the beansprouts and mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes
  6. Add some seasoning, soy sauce and salt and pepper to taste
  7. Add the prawns and cook until they start to turn pink.
  8. Cook for 5 minutes and then transfer to a colander
  9. Let the filling cool and drain the excess liquid from the mixture
  10. Heat up your deep fat fryer at 190 degrees
  11. To make the spring rolls, lay a sheet in a diamond shape on a chopping board
  12. Put some of the filling just below the mid point (take a look at the pictures below for a better idea)
  13. Roll the bottom edge up and cover the filling
  14. Fold in the sides making sure it covers all of the filling is cover
  15. Roll up so it looks like an envelope
  16. Put some of the egg wash on the exposed edge and roll the rest of the way
  17. You can leave them rolled in the fridge and covered with cling film until they are ready to be cooked
  18. Put batches of spring rolls into the deep fat fryer. Don’t over lay them
  19. Fry until the pastry is nice and golden
  20. Serve with chilli sauce
  21. Enjoy!
ingredients

Prawn spring rolls ingredients

Cut the carrots into small strips

Cut the carrots into small strips

Prepare and wash the rest of your veg

Prepare and wash the rest of your veg

Marinade the prawns with soy sauce, salt and pepper

Marinade the prawns with soy sauce, salt and pepper

Fry the carrots on medium to hot heat

Fry the carrots on medium to hot heat

Add the mushrooms and beansprouts to the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes

Add the mushrooms and beansprouts to the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes

Add the prawns and cook for another 5 minutes until they turn pink

Add the prawns and cook for another 5 minutes until they turn pink

Drain out the excess liquid from the filling mixture

Drain out the excess liquid from the filling mixture

Thaw out your spring roll pastry sheets and cover with a damp cloth to stop them drying out

Thaw out your spring roll pastry sheets and cover with a damp cloth to stop them drying out

Lay a sheet out in a diamond shape like so

Lay a sheet out in a diamond shape like so

Add some of the filling, just below the half way point, closer to the bottom edge

Add some of the filling, just below the half way point, closer to the bottom edge

Roll up the bottom edge and tuck in the filling

Roll up the bottom edge and tuck in the filling

Bring in both sides

Bring in both sides

Roll all the way up, put some egg wash on the top edge and close it off

Roll all the way up, put some egg wash on the top edge and close it off

Your spring rolls are ready for frying. Put into the fridge until you're ready to fry

Your spring rolls are ready for frying. Put into the fridge until you’re ready to fry

Fry the prawn spring rolls for 5 minutes

Fry the prawn spring rolls for 5 minutes

Wait until they turn a nice golden brown colour

Wait until they turn a nice golden brown colour

Place standing up so that the oil drains out of them

Place standing up so that the oil drains out of them

Serve with sweet chilli sauce - Enjoy!

Serve with sweet chilli sauce – Enjoy!




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