Pan Fried Prawn (Spicy)

Pan-Fried Prawn (Spicy), also known as “Xiang La Xia,” stands as a cherished zi char favorite celebrated for its bold flavors and succulent texture. This dish features plump prawns meticulously pan-fried with a tantalizing blend of spices and seasonings, creating a symphony of savory and fiery notes that ignite the palate. The marriage of tender prawns with the invigorating kick of spiciness generates an electrifying interplay that captivates diners. Loved for its tantalizing taste and the exhilarating heat it offers, Pan-Fried Prawn (Spicy) has solidified its reputation as a well-liked zi char delicacy, providing a zesty and satisfying culinary journey that continues to enthrall those seeking an indulgent and exciting dining experience. 

Why Do People Love Pan Fried Prawn (Spicy)

With its irresistible combination of spices and tender prawns, Pan Fried Prawn (Spicy) has won the hearts of many. The spicy marinade infuses the prawns with a depth of flavour that leaves a lingering heat on the palate. Each bite offers a tantalising blend of aromatic herbs, fiery chilli, and tangy citrus, creating a harmonious symphony of tastes that truly awakens the senses. 

Whether it’s the thrill of the heat or the love for seafood, this dish never fails to impress both spice lovers and seafood aficionados alike. 

What You Need For Your Pan Fried Prawn (Spicy): 

Making Pan Fried Prawn (Spicy) yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 500g fresh prawns, peeled and deveined 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder 
  • 1 teaspoon paprika 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 
  • Salt to taste 
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste 
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4

How To Cook Pan Fried Prawn (Spicy)

Step 1

In a bowl, combine the minced garlic, chilli powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, ground cumin, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create a spicy marinade.

Step 2

Add the prawns to the marinade and toss gently to coat them evenly. Let the prawns marinate for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavours to meld together.

Step 3

Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully add the marinated prawns, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until the prawns turn pink and opaque.

Step 4

Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the pan-fried prawns to a serving dish. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves for an added burst of freshness.

Step 5

Serve hot and savour the spicy delights of Pan Fried Prawn. Enjoy it as an appetiser, a main course, or even as a side dish alongside steamed rice or a crisp green salad. 

Serving Pan Fried Prawn (Spicy) with Other Dishes 

For a complete seafood feast, consider serving Pan Fried Prawn (Spicy) alongside a refreshing cucumber and mint salad, or pair it with a creamy garlic butter sauce for an indulgent touch. You can also experiment with different spices and herbs to create a unique twist on this dish, such as adding a hint of smoked paprika or a squeeze of lime juice.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Lean Protein Source: Prawns offer a lean source of protein, essential for muscle growth, repair, and overall body functions. 
  2. Vitamins and Minerals: Prawns provide essential nutrients such as B vitamins (B6, B12) for energy metabolism, zinc for immune support, and selenium for antioxidant defense. 
  3. Spices’ Health Properties: The blend of spicy seasonings may introduce compounds that offer antioxidant and potential anti-inflammatory benefits. 
  4. Healthy Cooking Method: Pan-frying with minimal added fats contributes to a balanced meal with moderate caloric content. 
  5. Texture and Flavor: The succulent texture of prawns complements the burst of flavors from the spices, providing a satisfying sensory experience. 
  6. Spiciness and Metabolism: The heat from the spices may temporarily increase metabolic rate, potentially aiding in calorie burning. 
  7. Balanced Meal Component: When accompanied by a variety of colorful vegetables and perhaps whole grains, Pan-Fried Prawn (Spicy) can contribute to a well-rounded meal. 
  8. Flavorful Spices: The use of spicy seasonings adds flavor without relying heavily on added salt, promoting mindful eating. 
  9. Satiety and Mindful Eating: The bold flavors of the dish may promote a sense of satiety and encourage slower, more mindful eating. 

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Pan Fried Prawn (Spicy) without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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