Friday, 11 July 2014

Crispy Beer Battered Prawns

Crispy Beer Battered Shrimp
Crispy Beer Battered Prawns, Or of course Shrimp, depending on where you live! What can I say other than these are WONDERFUL!.
The batter has a hint of beer flavour, and is light and crispy crunchy. The prawns are juicy and sweet.... add to that your favourite dipping sauce (although these are so good on their own too!) and this makes for a perfect starter or party food.
Prawns are very expensive where I live,  and so I have used frozen ones, defrosted and cleaned. They were delicious and perfect! Try and choose medium sized prawns, you know, when you curl your index finger, that size!
I hope you will enjoy these as much as I do!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3-5 minutes (approx)
Yield: 12
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  • 1 dozen fresh or frozen prawns, shelled and deveined.
  • 1/2 cup flour, seasoned with salt and pepper (for pre coating)
  • Vegetable Oil for deep frying. (calculate amount according to the size of your pan)
The Batter 
  • 50g or 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 Tablespoons of fizzy lager or beer. (A light beer works best). You can use fizzy water instead of beer.
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1. If you are using frozen prawns, defrost them. Deshell and devein then pat dry with some kitchen paper.
2. Heat up the oil in your fryer / pan until it reaches 180C / 350F.
3. Mix your flour and salt and pepper well in a shallow dish and cover the prawns with the flour and shaking off any loose flour.
4. Make up the batter. Add all the ingredients EXCEPT the beer / fizzy water, and give it a light whisk. Don't worry if there are lumps in the batter. This is good!

If you don't have a thermometer, drop a bit of batter in and
 and see if it sizzles to the surface.
Crispy Beer Battered Prawns
mix in salt and pepper
Crispy Beer Battered Prawns
batter without the fizz
hot oil
Testing if the oil is hot enough
5. Add the fizzy beer or fizzy water to your batter and gently mix it. It should have the consistency of a pouring cream or yoghurt. If it is too thick, add a little of your fizzy liquid.
6.. Place a few sheets of kitchen paper in your baking tray or plate. We will use this to place the prawns once they're cooked.
Add the fizz to your batter
7. We will cook 4 - 6 prawns at a time, depends on the size of your pan / fryer. Taking the end of each prawn by its tail, , place it in the batter and coat it well. Take it out of the batter and leave the excess to drip off, say for about 5 seconds.
Then gently place it in the hot oil, and cook for 2 - 3  minutes until it becomes crispy and golden brown just like in the photos below. If the batter starts going brown too quickly, turn the temperature down a little.
Place on the kitchen paper then keep warm in the oven, whilst you cook the other prawns (if you are making a large batch) the same way and add to the oven.

Serve on their own or with your favourite dip!
Crispy Beer Battered Prawns
Crispy Beer Battered Prawns
What did you think to our recipe? Did you enjoy it ? We'd love to hear how you liked it. Please tell us in the comments box below!
If you would like to make some of my Best Ever Tartar sauce to go with the prawns, click on the photo below, or any of our other suggestions!

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