Spicy School Prawns with Kimchi Mayonnaise and Paprika Salt

May 8, 2013

Fried Spicy School Prawns with Kimchi Mayo and Paprika Salt

You know what I love just as much as dessert? Seafood. Correction, deep-fried seafood. No wait, DEEP-FRIED ANYTHING!

Especially bananas. And chocolate. Yes you heard me, deep-fried chocolate; it’s sinful and explodes in your mouth. Fun times!

Seriously though, you can take any ho-hum ingredient, dunk it in hot oil and suddenly it’s magnificent. Not that I’m saying prawns are ho-hum but you know, I’d take crispy and deep-fried over fresh any day. Svelte hips and tight butt cheeks be damned.

Fried Spicy School Prawns with Kimchi Mayo and Paprika Salt

And school prawns are my favourite little creatures to baptise in the greasy lake of fire (sorry little dudes). You should be able to find them from any bog standard seafood monger and they’re super easy to prepare. They’re fried whole, heads and all, and they turn into these super crispy nuggets of heaven. Yeah I know, I know, eating heads; macabre but oh so delicious in this case. I love serving bowls of these during lazy summer lunches and bbqs and they make for killer beer food.

And to take the awesome level up a notch, dip these babies into paprika salt and the David Chang specialty; kimchi mayonnaise. Buuuuttt make sure you use Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise (available in any good Asian grocer) because normal mayo just pales in comparison. I don’t what it is, but Kewpie mayo is just so much more smoother, creamier, milder in acidity and slightly sweeter with a far better flavour. And while you’re at the Asian grocers, pick up a container of kimchi too. Mayonnaise + spicy, pickle-ly kimchi is out-of-this-world and it goes so well with these prawns.

Fried Spicy School Prawns with Kimchi Mayo and Paprika Salt

Summer may be long gone here but I’d still happily chow these down in front of the tv with beer in my super trendy trackpants and daggy sweaters. Unless you’re from the other side of the world (hello Northerner friends!), in which case, get these on your next bbq table pronto. Don’t forget the beer.

PS – so like, you may have noticed that things are a little different in this humble blog of mine. I had another one of those annual finicky moods where suddenly my blogs looks like retro crud and I need to do an emergency makeover. Sure I lose my mind for a day or two as I struggle to remember how to do anything technical but voila! What do you think? (Let me have it. You know you want to).

And one more thing; it’s super belated but I’m thrilled and grateful to be chosen as one of 25 food and well-being bloggers in the Top 100 finalists for Kidspot’s Voices of 2013. I’m amongst some stellar company (boots are officially trembling) but the best thing of all is I’m also nominated alongside two very amazing friends. Yayyy!

Fried Spicy School Prawns with Kimchi Mayo and Paprika Salt

Kimchi Mayo and Paprika Salt Fried Spicy School Prawns with Kimchi Mayo and Paprika Salt

Spicy School Prawns with Kimchi Mayo and Paprika Salt
Serves 4
  1. 3 tsps sea salt flakes
  2. 1 tsp smokey paprika
  3. 1/2 cup kimchi, finely chopped
  4. 1/2 cup kewpie mayonnaise
  5. A wedge of lime or lemon
  1. 1 cup of plain flour
  2. 1 to 1.5 tsps smoked sea salt flakes
  3. 1 tsp ground black pepper
  4. 1 tsp smoked paprika
  5. 1 tsp shimichi togarashi
  6. 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper (I'm a wimp so this is all I usually add but you could add more if you like it hot)
  7. 500g school prawns
  8. Vegetable oil for frying
  1. Grind the sea salt flakes and paprika together in a mortar and pestle until finely ground and set aside. To make the mayo, mix together the kimchi and mayonnaise then stir through a squeeze of lime juice to taste and chill in the fridge until serving.
  2. Preheat oil in a deep-fryer or deep-sided saucepan to 180°C. Place all the ingredients for the seasoned flour in a large plastic freezer bag, twist top to sea then shake the bag to mix. Throw in the prawns in the bag, twist to close then shake it about again to coat. Remove prawns from the bag, dust off the excess flour then deep fry in batches until golden and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  3. Squeeze some lime or lemon juice over the school prawns and serve immediately with the paprika salt and kimchi mayo.
  1. Kimchi mayo adapted from David Chang's Momofuku.
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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Meg Sinclair July 18, 2014 at 13:12

Awesome thanks – great receipe


Rachel September 14, 2013 at 18:32

my flatmates are going to be so glad i’ve found this post. i’ve got two tubs of kimchi which have been ‘brewing’ in the flat for 6 months. time to crack them open and find some prawns! X


Sara September 6, 2013 at 04:39

A use for kimchi I haven’t thought of! Definitely adding this to my book of to-do. Noms!


Simon Food Favourites July 25, 2013 at 23:36

i love love love crispy school prawns. looks like a great recipe.


Billy July 16, 2013 at 10:16

I really like the new site layout, very slick! Hmm mmm mmmuh! I sure do love prawns and I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!


Vivian - vxdollface June 24, 2013 at 16:41

they look gloriously addictive! hehe loooove kimchi mayo :)


Liza June 12, 2013 at 03:16

this ws d ever best receipe of making prawns…


Martine @ Chompchomp June 1, 2013 at 23:53

I tried these for the first time at The Stable Bar in Perth, they are really good! My husband said they reminded him of the fried insects he ate in Thailand…but that still didn’t put me off!


Suresh Urs May 31, 2013 at 15:22

The spicy prawns is fantastic one. Thanks.


Eva @thehungryplum May 27, 2013 at 20:43

Loving the new look; very chic and very now.
I thought I was on the wrong blog when the logo didn’t load quickly haha.


milkteaxx May 22, 2013 at 11:55

im all for deep fried foods over hips and abs! these look delicious and ive been looking for a simple recipe like this. thanks!


Karla @ Color and Spice May 18, 2013 at 00:21

just found your blog. love it! great photos, great edits. congrats!



Citrus and Candy May 18, 2013 at 03:07

Thanks Karla! And welcome :D


Karla @ Color and Spice May 18, 2013 at 00:19

just found your blog. love it! love the photos, especially. great colors :)


Irina @ wandercrush May 14, 2013 at 23:51

Amazing! The kimchi mayo sounds ingenious—gotta love David Chang! Thanks for sharing this.


Vintage Macaroon May 13, 2013 at 08:08

Great spruce up! Nice to have a change once in a while, clever you for being able to do it yourself! My fish monger ALWAYS has the same ole stuff and always massive prawns. I think the school prawns have more flavour and it’s always what we had as children. Kimchi mayo sounds freggin awesome! and perfect with the prawns.


Sara @bellyrumbles May 13, 2013 at 00:17

Yay for the nomination darling! Loving the new look and feel.

Funny one. Was up and mum & dad’s and we were discussing the fishing trawlers that come in. When there is only school prawns they don’t bother buying anything. I was like, WTF!! Therefore I am sending the link to this post to entice them :) Yum!


Tamsila May 11, 2013 at 04:32

Yay, an other seefood lover! And deep fried prawns sounds so damn good! Which beer do you think goes especially good with them?

And the new layout is really nice, love the new headline though the black background was quite good, too.


Billy July 16, 2013 at 10:11

I am a big beer drinker and I think a Belgian Farmhouse Ale, like a Saison, would be really good. The spiciness from the beer and the prawns would be really complimentary. Thanks, Billy


Stephanie {Clockwork Lemon} May 10, 2013 at 05:25

The blog looks so clean and fresh! I love it.

I am ALL OVER dipping fried things in kewpie mayo and mixing it with kimchi.


chocolatesuze May 9, 2013 at 10:11

mmm i want this. i need this. give me ALL the prawns!


Rachel May 9, 2013 at 08:36

These look fantastic, and I simply adore your new layout!


Kankana May 9, 2013 at 02:30

Loving the new look Karen! And those deep fried prawns, gosh. i want it now. Deep fried chocolate sounds interesting, something I am gonna try soon. Like you I can go for deep fried any day, period. :)


Jen Jenny Jennifer Richards May 8, 2013 at 20:56

Hey Karen…sad to admit, I don’t actually eat seafood…but you had me at deep-fried chocolate, so I’m totally satisfied!


Chantelle@themarketbasket May 8, 2013 at 20:03

Love the new layout, love the recipe. Trackies are perfect for hiding those deep fried sins anyways, I’ll worry bout it later when summer rolls round!


tania@mykitchenstories.com.au May 8, 2013 at 18:31

Fabulous flavours and delicious lovely crunchy prawns


Phuoc'n Delicious May 8, 2013 at 18:20

AMAZING!!! This is the only way to have school prawns! I can’t think of any other way to have them, seriously.. My mouth is salivating uncontrollably at the sight of these babies. Why Karen why!?!?!?!


thelittleloaf May 8, 2013 at 16:54

YES! Deep fried anything and especially seafood is heaven on a plate.


Sarah May 8, 2013 at 15:17

New layout looks freaking awesome, and yes, the old greasy lake of fire will turn just about anything to awesomeness. Amazing photography, as always!


Miss Piggy May 8, 2013 at 13:59

I love crispy school prawns and all the places I used to go to eat them no longer exist (was it something I said)? Good to know how to make them – thanks.


Steph May 8, 2013 at 11:26

I LOVE THE NEW LAYOUT!! AND YAY YOU POSTED! Okay enough with the caps. Your photos looks amazingggggg!!! Just gorgeous.


Jacq May 8, 2013 at 11:20

Totally with you on loving deep-fried anything! And I love the new look on the blog too :)


carey May 8, 2013 at 11:00

As a northern hemisphere gal in the midst of an unseasonable heat wave (seriously, it went from perfect spring weather to uncomfortable temperatures in a matter of days—wtf, Nature), I can say that this is exactly what I want to eat right. now. Washed down with a heckton of beer.

And I love the new site design! Clean and simple and lovely, and the sidebar makes things easily accessible. (:


Tina @ bitemeshowme May 8, 2013 at 09:49

the layout change was one of the first things I noticed ;) easy to navigate. simple. I LIKE IT!

My dad is the biggest fan of deep fried school prawns. I had it so much as a child I can barely eat it now.. hahaha.. isn’t that terrible? So that bowl of kimchi mayo is killing me softly right now. Don’t know what it is about kewpie either but it sure wins my heart!

And congratulations for being in the top 25 of the food and well being in the kidspot voices of 2013! You, and the other 2 ladies deserve ittttttttttttt


Asha@FSK May 8, 2013 at 07:35

This is simply awesome!!! From my visit a couple of years ago, I remember how tasty and succulent prawns taste there and my mouth is watering looking at the photos!


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