How to make Malaysian Butter Prawns
Butter Prawns

How to make Malaysian Butter Prawns

Malaysian cuisine is a blend of herbs, spices and cooking cultures from India, China, the Middle East, and several European countries. The food is considered to be tasty only when one can experience the taste of different herbs and spices all together in a single bite. The Malays believe the stronger the aroma of your food, the better is the taste of it.

One of the main reasons why Butter prawns are famous in Malay cuisine is because of its buttery, salty, sweet, spicy, garlicky taste and not forgetting the fabulous aroma of cooked prawns. It is the kind of dish that you will find in their local restaurants, served with not so great garnishing but absolutely delicious in taste.

This recipe will invoke the true Malaysian flavours which are simply appetising and mouthwatering!

Level: Easy

Time: 20 mins

Yield: 4

Butter Prawns Recipe:


1 tablespoon oil

1 lb. (400 g) prawn, cleaned

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1-2 small chillies, pounded

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine, rice wine preferred

1 teaspoon sugar

6 tablespoons grated coconut

3 sprigs curry leaves

3 dashes ground black pepper


Butter Prawns
Butter Prawns


To cook delicious Butter prawns follow the recipe below.

  • Dry fry the grated coconuts, until golden brown. Keep it aside.
  • Chop off the eyes of the prawns leaving the shells and the head. Cut down the legs and slit down the back to remove the veins. Pat dry.
  • Add oil to a skillet and let it heat, then pan fry the prawn until the shells turn white but not completely cooked. Let it drain and set aside.
  • Melt the butter, add garlic, curry leaves, chillies and stir fry for 1 minute or until aromatic. Add the prawn, oyster sauce, wine, sugar, black pepper and grated coconut. Cook over high heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Dish out and serve immediately. 

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To explore more cuisines, try out the recipe of Butter Chicken – one of the most popular curries in Indian cuisine.

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