Pan Fried Prawn with Soya Sauce

Pan-Fried Prawn with Soy Sauce, a beloved zi char classic, delights with its simplicity and rich umami flavors. This dish features succulent prawns skillfully pan-fried to perfection, accompanied by a savory and aromatic soy sauce glaze. The result is a delicate balance of natural sweetness from the prawns and the depth of flavor from the soy sauce. Loved for its uncomplicated taste and the comforting familiarity it offers, Pan-Fried Prawn with Soy Sauce has earned its place as a sought-after zi char favorite, delivering a wholesome and satisfying culinary experience that resonates with those seeking a harmonious blend of taste and texture, making it a timeless and cherished choice. 

Why Do People Love Pan Fried Prawn with Soya Sauce

The popularity of Pan Fried Prawn with Soya Sauce can be attributed to two key factors: its mouthwatering flavour and its ease of preparation. The prawns, when cooked to perfection, boast a tender texture that pairs beautifully with the savoury notes of soya sauce. Moreover, the simplicity of the dish makes it accessible to both seasoned chefs and aspiring home cooks. 

The combination of the lightly crispy exterior and the juicy interior of the prawns, coupled with the savoury umami flavour of the soya sauce, creates a harmonious taste that is hard to resist. 

What You Need For Your Pan Fried Prawn with Soya Sauce:

Making Pan Fried Prawn with Soya Sauce 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 soya sauce 
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated 
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch 
  • 1 teaspoon sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped 
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4 

How To Cook Pan Fried Prawn with Soya Sauce

Step 1

In a bowl, combine the soya sauce, minced garlic, grated ginger, cornstarch, sugar, and black pepper. Mix well to create a smooth marinade.

Step 2

Add the prawns to the marinade and toss gently to coat them evenly. Let the prawns marinate for 10 minutes to absorb the flavours.

Step 3

Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the marinated prawns and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until they turn pink and develop a light golden crust.

Step 4

Sprinkle the finely chopped spring onions over the prawns and continue cooking for an additional minute, allowing the flavours to meld together.

Step 5

Transfer the Pan Fried Prawn with Soya Sauce to a serving platter and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves. Serve hot and enjoy! 

Serving Pan Fried Prawn with Soya Sauce with Other Dishes 

Pan Fried Prawn with Soya Sauce pairs exceptionally well with steamed jasmine rice or a bed of noodles. For a complete meal, consider serving it alongside stir-fried vegetables or a refreshing cucumber salad. The delicate flavours of the prawns and the umami-rich soya sauce complement a variety of dishes, making it a versatile choice for seafood lovers.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Lean Protein Source: Prawns provide a lean source of protein essential for muscle growth, repair, and overall body functions. 
  2. Umami-rich Soy Sauce: Soy sauce introduces umami flavors that enhance the overall taste of the dish without relying heavily on added salt. 
  3. Vitamins and Minerals: Prawns offer B vitamins (B6, B12) for energy metabolism, zinc for immune support, and selenium for antioxidant defense. 
  4. Healthy Cooking Method: Pan-frying with minimal added fats contributes to a balanced meal with moderate caloric content. 
  5. Soy Sauce’s Flavor Enhancement: Soy sauce adds depth of flavor to the prawns without overpowering their natural taste. 
  6. Balanced Meal Component: When accompanied by a variety of colorful vegetables and perhaps whole grains, Pan-Fried Prawn with Soy Sauce can contribute to a well-rounded meal. 
  7. Texture and Aroma: The tender prawns and the savory aroma of soy sauce create a satisfying sensory experience. 
  8. Simple and Wholesome: The dish’s focus on prawns and soy sauce offers a simple and wholesome dining experience that resonates with those seeking natural flavors. 
  9. Culinary Tradition: The combination of prawns and soy sauce is a classic culinary combination that embodies tradition and taste. 

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 with Soya Sauce 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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