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Sesame Orange Shrimp - Prawns Week # 2

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

For this year's Chinese New Year, my FIL went all the way to the coastal areas to get seafood.
He bought few large fishes, 2 kg of prawns, crabmeat and lots of other stuff. We took one kg of the prawns and used it to prepare a dish for the reunion dinner. We found that the prawns to be.... not very fresh.

So, later on, in order to clean up the balance of prawns, I decided to cook them up without shells. This way, it could be easily finished up. 1 kg of pure prawn meat, it's just like eating popcorn. And you know what, this pack of prawns tasted fresh instead!!!! LOL.

We had a good laugh about it.

I saw this recipe on Martha Stewart's even before CNY, but I sort of forgot about it after bookmarking.
I've made orange chicken before(when I was a teen) but never eaten orange prawns before, but when I go through the recipe, I find the gravy lacking in flavour dimensions.  So I took the idea but did it my way to suit my preference.

The title's shrimp, but I refered to them in this post as prawns. Here, shrimp is mostly used for small prawns, and prawns are big shrimps, LOL, get the idea? I just used the same title as seen in Martha's recipe.

Sesame Orange Shrimp
Recipe source: WendyinKK

1kg large prawns (unpeeled weight)
½ tsp salt
Generous dash of pepper
1 egg white
½ cup potato starch
1 cup oil for frying

1tsp grated ginger
1 tsp orange zest
75ml orange juice
1 Tbsp Lemon juice
1 Tbsp sugar
Pinch of salt
½ tsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp water

1 Tbsp of mixed black+white sesame seeds

1. Peel prawns, devein, drip/pat dry and marinate with salt, pepper, egg white and potato starch. Leave for 15 minutes.
2. Deep fry prawns in small batches using the 1-2 cups of oil. Drain and set aside.
3. Combine orange juice, lemon juice, sugar and salt. Separately combine cornstarch and water.
4. Put Tbsp of oil in wok/pan on medium low heat, and cook ginger and orange zest until fragrant.
5. Pour in the juice mixture and bring to a boil. Thicken to preferred consistency with cornstarch mixture.
6. Return prawns to wok/pan and give it a quick toss to coat.
7. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds and dish up.

*to toast small batches of sesame seeds, just cook them on medium low heat on a dry pan until they look puffed.

25 lovely notes:

Mel April 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM  

The prawns must be full of orange flavour! This is sure to be very appetizing dish. It is about lunch time now and I am drooling looking at the prawns.....

Fern @ To Food With Love April 25, 2012 at 11:43 AM  

These prawns look seriously delicious! I'm salivating just looking at the pictures. I can probably eat a whole plate of them for a meal or snack!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover April 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM  

i made orange chicken before but have yet to try with prawn. Thanks for sharing.

Poh Lin,  April 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM  

Prawn popcorn - once you pop, you can't stop. Haha!!! This is making me hungry.

Angie's Recipes April 25, 2012 at 12:49 PM  

It looks super yummy! Love its bright colour. Just delightful!

yvonne April 25, 2012 at 2:17 PM  

Orange chicken is my top favourite chicken dish. But I always prefer prawns to chicken (despite its cholesterol level) and with the combination of sweet soury orange sauce.... wow!! Don't wake me up, I'm already in heaven.

Ah Tze April 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM  

this is yummylicious!

lena April 25, 2012 at 8:13 PM  

seeing this now, i suddenly feel like making orange fish fillets..hmm..maybe one of these days..

Elin April 25, 2012 at 8:43 PM  

Maybe I should try this too. It looks delicious...slurrrp!

ICook4Fun April 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM  

Such a lovely looking dish.

Jeannie Tay April 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM  

I am drooling over your prawns dishes! They are simply my favorite besides crabs! This looks so delicious! Bookmarking this!

MaryMoh April 26, 2012 at 5:16 AM  

Wow....beautiful dish! Love the colour with the orange around it. I love prawns. I think I will eat half and the rest can share the other half...hehe.

Amelia April 26, 2012 at 2:44 PM  

Hi Wendy, your prawns dish look really awesome. Beautiful presentation too. :)

Have a nice day.

tania@mykitchenstories April 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM  

Its dinner time here and these beautiful orange prawns are just what I would like.

daphne April 26, 2012 at 9:38 PM  

i am always curious about fruit juice and savoury dish- i think you paired this with prawns very well!

Ola April 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM  

beautifly served!
I must admit I always envy the possibility to buy fresh seafood:)

Life and travelling

Lite Home Bake April 28, 2012 at 7:15 AM  

Your prawn...err shrimp dish looks delish! This is one popular american chinese dish. The first time i came across the term shrimp in their menus, i was like, err this dish sounds interesting but i dont want small prawns, want it with big ones!

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more April 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM  

Lite Home Bake,
Haha....and I think the term prawn is foreign there, right?

Jessie-CookingMoments May 1, 2012 at 3:06 PM  

Wendy, what a colourful & delicious dish! Yes, going to try this in the future! Whenever the Australian banana prawns are on sale, I'll buy 1 kg & store them in my freezer, still have 1 kg unpacked, thinking of making another dish earlier, now I've to decide as to which comes first, both recipes requires frying!

The winter oranges are very sweet & since winter is just a month away, we can buy very sweet & fresh oranges these days at a cheaper price! This is another reason I put a thumbs up for this dish! I like to browse on Martha Stewarts's recipes, made a simple salad to go with a roast dish, going to post in the future!

Kah Chin November 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM  

Dear Wendy, tried this delicious dish yesterday too and the children just love it ~ got 10 marks out of 10 ;) Thank you again!

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more November 19, 2012 at 1:14 AM  

Kah Chin,
Great to hear the perfect scoring!

shally,  July 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM  

Hi wendy, I tries this dish last night. The taste is superb. However I didn't hv potato starch to coat the prawns and ended up using cornstarch. The prawns didn't have much of a batter for coating the orange gravy. But my kids love it!

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