01 of 07
Prawn Crackers/Shrimp Chips Are an Irresistible Snack
Prawn crackers (also called prawn-flavored crackers and shrimp chips) are tasty prawn-flavored chips that puff up when deep-fried.
Prawn crackers are very addictive despite the fact that their texture has been compared to Styrofoam. They make a great snack food for kids and adults alike and go very well with beer.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
02 of 07
What You Will Need to Make Prawn Crackers
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- A package of prawn-flavored crackers
- A wok or other equipment for deep-frying
- Oil for deep-frying
- Wooden chopstick or deep-fry thermometer
- Paper towels
03 of 07
Heating the Oil for Deep-Frying
Heat the oil to deep-fry the prawn chips (prawn crackers) to 360 F (182 C).
To find out if the oil is hot enough, either 1) use a deep-fry thermometer to test the temperature, or 2) place a cooking chopstick or a wooden spoon upright in the middle of the wok (as shown in the photo). If bubbles start forming around the chopstick or wooden spoon immediately, the oil is ready.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
04 of 07
Adding the Prawn Crackers to the Oil
Carefully place 5 to 6 chips in the hot oil, separating them if needed. Adding more than that can overcrowd the wok and lower the oil temperature, making the crackers taste greasy.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Deep-Frying the Prawn Crackers
Deep-fry the chips for a few seconds until they puff up (the process takes less than 5 seconds).Continue to 6 of 7 below.
06 of 07
Draining the Prawn Crackers
Remove the prawn crackers from the wok -- it's easiest to do this quickly if you have a strainer. Drain the prawn crackers on paper towels. Use a fresh paper towel to drain each batch of chips.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
07 of 07
Serve the Prawn Crackers
Prawn crackers taste best served warm. If not serving immediately, store in a sealed container and reheat briefly in a 250 F-oven (120 C) before serving.
Peanut sauce is the traditional accompaniment for prawn crackers. Here is a spicy version of peanut sauce with curry paste.
What to drink with prawn crackers? Beer, of course, or perhaps a Johannesburg Reisling.