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devilled prawns(Sri Lankan)

Devilled prawns, a popular Sri Lankan prawn recipe for all you spicy seafood lovers.

With chunky onions, green peppers, tomatoes, and a spicy sauce coating the prawn devil, you can’t help but get your hands messy and enjoy this prawn dish.

You can distinguish the Sri Lankan devilled prawn recipe from other spicy Asian prawn recipes because of the clean flavors and easy ingredients used.

The best part of cooking prawn devil is that you can customize this prawns recipe to suit your palette.

So go ahead and give this spicy prawns recipe a try.

Spicy devilled prawns cooked in a thick spicy sauce. find the recipe on islandsmile.org

Why you should make devilled prawns.

First of all, it’s easy to make with minimum fuss and will be an instant hit with the family.

  • If you love spicy seafood this prawn(shrimp)recipe is a must make.
  • Yes, the reference to”devilled” means the prawn stir-fry is spicy but you can ADJUST the level of spice added to this devil prawn curry and make it even a little sweeter for you and the kids.
  • There’s no need for extra dipping sauce as the devilled prawns already has a sauce that coats the prawn with a lot of flavors.

Meal ideas you can try using the spicy prawn dish.

  • You can easily serve the devilled prawns as a starter or party bite, you can remove the shells or use deshelled prawns but if your family and friends don’t’ mind using their fingers, I would really suggest leaving the shell on.
  • If you want to use it in a Sri Lankan meal then incorporate or simply substitute the meat dishes of any of the Sri Lankan menu plans given here.
    (simple type Sri Lankan menu plan on the search bar.

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Sri Lankan spicy devilled prawns(shrimp). A Chilli garlic prawn(shrimp)recipe perfect for all you spicy seafood lovers.   Although slightly sweet you can distinguish the Sri Lankan prawn recipe from other Asian prawns recipes with the amount of heat this seafood stir fry packs in a spoon.

Utensils and appliances needed.

A glass bowl to marinate the prawns.

A large wok or frying pan.

Workflow to make the seafood dish.

Devein and clean the prawns.

Marinate the prawns.

Stir-fry the other elements in the recipes.

Combine prawns into the wok and adjust taste as per your need.

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Making the devilled prawns/shrimp for kids.

Make this spicy seafood recipe for kids by either using a sweet tomato sauce or adding a few teaspoons of sugar when you add the tomato sauce and combine.

You can also leave out the green chillies.

Sri Lankan spicy devilled prawns(shrimp).

Please make sure to read the recipe instructions carefully to avoid mistakes.

Ingredients

Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.

700g prawns cleaned and deveined

3 tablespoons of lime juice

4 tablespoons of oil

A sprig of curry leaves

2-inch piece Pandan leaf

2 tablespoon of chopped or minced ginger

5 cloves of garlic chopped or minced

2 large onions(cut into wedges, 4-5 thick pieces from each onion) 

250g green peppers(capsicum, malu miris, rougly cut into 1-2 inch long pieces)

2 medium-sized tomatoes cut into thick wedges(quartered)

2 green chillies split in the middle

1/4 cup of tomato sauce(use your favorite chilli sauce, reduce or increase on the amount depending on how much sauce you want)

1-2 tablesspoons of red chilli flakes(reduce as per your need as this is quite a lot of red chilli flakes and can be quite spicy)

1 teaspoon of red chilli powder

Note on the prawns

I have made this devilled prawns recipe with the shell and without it.

Making the recipe with the shell on allows you to cook and sear them for a longer time.

If you choose to make this recipe with shelled prawns then make sure to avoid cooking for a longer period of time to avoid them turning rubbery.

Having tried both methods, I prefer to cook with the shell on, though the peeling it off while eating, can me a little time consuming.

Method

Please refer to notes above on prawns before you continue.

Have all the ingredients you need to make the devilled prawns ready.

Clean and devein the prawns(700g), drain any excess water(pat dry if need be with kitchen paper towels).

If you want to learn how to clean and devein prawns. you can learn it on this post on how to clean shrimp with step by step images and instructions. .

This is also my new recipe blog dedicated to only the best seafood recipes.

Place them in a bowl(use a glass bowl, it’s easier to get rid of any residue smell of prawns than a plastic bowl).

Add lime(3 tbs), a pinch of salt and set aside for 10-15 minutes.

How to make the spicy devilled prawns.

Place large wok or frying pan over low medium heat and pour in the oil(4tbs).

leave it to warm for a few seconds.

Add the curry leaves, pandan and let it sizzle, followed by chopped ginger(2tbs) and garlic(5 cloves minced or chopped, about 2 tbsp).

Continuously stir and cook over low medium fire for 2 minutes.

Increase heat to medium and add in the onion(2 large cut into wedges), capsicum(5 capsicums) and tomato wedges(2 medium).

Toss and cook them for 2 minutes( add a tablespoon of oil if you find the onions or capsicums sticking to the bottom of the pan).

Try not to overcook or cook until the onions, capsicums turn too soft.

Add the marinated prawns to the wok.

Cook until they turn pink(3-5 minutes).

At this point, you can decide if you want to slightly sear the prawns, onions, capsicums on high heat to give it a more barbecue flavor by tossing the ingredients over high heat slightly longer.

If not immediately follow the next step below.

Add tomato sauce(1/4 cup or use your favorite hot sauce), red chilli flakes(1-2 tbsp red chilli flakes, reduce as per your need), chilli powder(1 tsp), season with salt.

Combine all the ingredients with the prawns and other elements and cook for another 5 minutes over low heat.

2-3 minutes before you remove the prawns from the fire, taste and check if all the flavors are as you want. if you want to add a little sweetness to this devilled prawns then add a tablespoon of sugar.

Combine and serve warm.

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Sri Lankan devilled prawns scooping with a spoon.

Sri Lankan spicy devilled prawns(shrimp).

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Devilled prawns, a popular Sri Lankan prawn recipe for all you spicy seafood lovers.

With chunky onions, green peppers, tomatoes, and a spicy sauce coating the prawn devil, you can’t help but get your hands messy and enjoy this prawn dish.

You can distinguish the Sri Lankan devilled prawn recipe from other spicy Asian prawn recipes because of the clean flavors and easy ingredients used.

Ingredients

  • 700g prawns cleaned and deveined
  • 3 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons of oil
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • 2-inch piece Pandan leaf
  • 2 tablespoon of chopped or minced ginger
  • 5 cloves of garlic chopped or minced
  • 2 large onions(cut into wedges, 4-5 thick pieces from each onion)
  • 250g green peppers(capsicum, malu miris, rougly cut into 1-2 inch long pieces)
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes cut into thick wedges(quartered)
  • 2 green chillies split in the middle
  • 1/4 cup of tomato sauce(use your favorite chilli sauce, reduce or increase on the amount depending on how much sauce you want)
  • 1-2 tablesspoons of red chilli flakes(reduce as per your need as this is quite a lot of red chilli flakes and can be quite spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon of red chilli powder

Instructions

    Please refer to notes above on prawns before you continue.

    Have all the ingredients you need to make the devilled prawns ready.

    Clean and devein the prawns(700g), drain any excess water(pat dry if need be with kitchen paper towels).

    If you want to learn how to clean and devein prawns. you can learn it on this post on how to clean shrimp with step by step images and instructions. .

    This is also my new recipe blog dedicated to only the best seafood recipes.

    Place them in a bowl(use a glass bowl, it’s easier to get rid of any residue smell of prawns than a plastic bowl).

    Add lime(3 tbs), a pinch of salt and set aside for 10-15 minutes.
    How to make the spicy devilled prawns.

    Place large wok or frying pan over low medium heat and pour in the oil(4tbs).

    leave it to warm for a few seconds.

    Add the curry leaves, pandan and let it sizzle, followed by chopped ginger(2tbs) and garlic(5 cloves minced or chopped, about 2 tbsp).

    Continuously stir and cook over low medium fire for 2 minutes.

    Increase heat to medium and add in the onion(2 large cut into wedges), capsicum(5 capsicums) and tomato wedges(2 medium).

    Toss and cook them for 2 minutes( add a tablespoon of oil if you find the onions or capsicums sticking to the bottom of the pan).

    Try not to overcook or cook until the onions, capsicums turn too soft.

    Add the marinated prawns to the wok.

    Cook until they turn pink(3-5 minutes).

    At this point, you can decide if you want to slightly sear the prawns, onions, capsicums on high heat to give it a more barbecue flavor by tossing the ingredients over high heat slightly longer.

    If not immediately follow the next step below.

    Add tomato sauce(1/4 cup or use your favorite hot sauce), red chilli flakes(1-2 tbsp red chilli flakes, reduce as per your need), chilli powder(1 tsp), season with salt.

    Combine all the ingredients with the prawns and other elements and cook for another 5 minutes over low heat.

    2-3 minutes before you remove the prawns from the fire, taste and check if all the flavors are as you want. if you want to add a little sweetness to this devilled prawns then add a tablespoon of sugar.

    Combine and serve warm.

Notes

Note on the prawns

I have made this devilled prawns recipe with the shell and without it.

Making the recipe with the shell on allows you to cook and sear them for a longer time.

If you choose to make this recipe with shelled prawns then make sure to avoid cooking for a longer period of time to avoid them turning rubbery.

Having tried both methods, I prefer to cook with the shell on, though the peeling it off while eating, can me a little time consuming.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 332Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 296mgSodium: 1376mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 34g

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