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Spicy Stir-Fried Prawns | Phad Khi Mao Kung

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This is the method used by Chef Anthony Tuttle at the Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa’s cooking school to prepare those delicious prawns. Serve the prawns with jasmine rice.

prawns on plate

Spicy Stir-Fried Prawns Ingredients

The Paste

  • 6 fresh Thai bird chiles, or substitute piquins, seeds and stems removed, chopped
  • 5 shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 10 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon shrimp paste

The Prawns

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 12 large prawns, peeled and deveined, tail on
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • ½ cup chopped holy basil


  1. With a mortar and pestle, pound the paste ingredients together to form a paste. It does not have to be smooth.
  2. Place the oil in a wok, heat, and then add the paste and stir-fry until fragrant.
  3. Add the prawns and stir-fry until cooked, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the sugar and fish sauce and stir. Remove from the heat and add the basil.
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