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Prawn Balls Recipe With Sweet And Sour Sauce

Here's how to make Chinese king prawn balls and an easy sweet and sour sauce. This homemade Chinese takeaway recipe is easy to make at home.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 People
Calories 318 kcal


Prawn Marinade


  • 200 g Self-Raising Flour
  • 200 ml Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vegetable Oil

Sweet And Sour Sauce

  • 230 ml Water
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Ketchup
  • 3 tbsp Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Pineapple Juice
  • 1 tbsp Cornflour Mixed with 1 tbsp Water


  • Place peeled and clean prawns into a mixing bowl. Add half a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of white pepper and a tablespoon of Shaoxing cooking wine to the mixing bowl and mix together until evenly combined.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of self-raising flour to the mixing bowl and mix together until the prawns are coated in flour.
  • In a large mixing bowl add self-raising flour and salt, mix till evenly distributed. Pour water into the bowl and mix together.
  • Leave the batter to rest for 5 minutes (this helps to remove lumps). After 5 minutes, add a teaspoon of vegetable oil and mix together.
  • Heat oil in a wok or pan over a medium heat. Coat a handful of prawns at a time in the batter.
  • Add the battered prawns into the oil and fry for 4 minutes or until the batter is golden. Cooked prawn balls will float to the top, if they’re not floating cook for an extra minute.
  • To make the sweet and sour sauce, place water, sugar, ketchup, pineapple juice and vinegar into a wok or frying pan and heat over a medium to high heat.
  • After 2 minutes, mix a small tablespoon of cornflour and a tablespoon of water in a mixing bowl and mix together. Add the cornflour mixture into the sauce and mix together. Leave the sauce to simmer for a further 1 to 2 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.


Calories: 318kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 18gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 1461mgPotassium: 146mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 60IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 103mgIron: 2mg
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