Rick Stein At Home: Korean prawn fritters with soy, cider vinegar & chilli

This recipe is by Rose, my wife Sas’s cousin’s partner. Being Korean she has a fabulous repertoire of seafood recipes. I love its simplicity and the subtlety of soy and vinegar; also the fact that Rose finds parsley such an exotic herb. It’s lovely to experience the flavour through somebody else’s perception.

James Murphy


100g plain flour
20g cornflour
1 tsp salt
200g raw peeled prawns, chopped
Good handful flatleaf parsley, chopped
2 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped
5 tbsp sunflower oil

5 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tbsp sesame oil

  1. Whisk both flours and salt with 200ml of water in a bowl to make a fairly runny batter. The consistency should be between single and double pouring cream. Leave the batter to rest in the fridge for an hour or so.
  2. For the dipping sauce, mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Stir the chopped prawns, parsley and spring onions into the rested batter.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil to a 28-30cm frying pan and place over a high heat. When the pan is hot, add half the batter, spreading it thinly to cover the base of the pan. Once the surface has lost its liquid texture and the underside is crisp and golden brown (2-3 minutes) slide the fritter on to a flat baking tray or plate. Add a little more oil to the pan, flip the fritter back into the pan and cook the other side for another 2-3 minutes until golden. Slide on to a baking tray and keep it warm in a low oven. Add another 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan and repeat with the rest of the batter.
  5. Cut the fritters into 3cm squares and serve immediately with the dipping sauce.

TIP You can use coriander instead of parsley, if you prefer.

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