Deep-fried coconut prawns

Deep-fried coconut prawns

If you have been anywhere by the sea in the Yucatan peninsula you will have had these deep-fried king prawns with a coconut batter. Curiously to me, they often come with an apple sauce, but less frequently they’re served with a papaya and habanero dipping sauce, which I like. The other problem is the batter is often too sweet, so this is my version with no sugar.


  • 24 raw king prawns, peeled, tails on (about 600g/1lb 5oz frozen raw shell-on prawns)

For the batter

For the papaya dipping sauce