Crispy Oven Baked Prawns

The other day I went to lunch with a friend  to one of those places where you walk through a line of food, put it in your container and then pay by the weight. It was a pretty good place, I was trying to be healthy so I made a simple salad, but one of the last things in the line was freshly fried crispy prawns. My mouth immediately started watering, I love love love fried prawns but I don’t usually eat them because well, they are fried. After fighting the urge to pile 10 of them on my plate, I decided that when I got home I was going to try baking some. First I dusted the prawns in seasoned flour, dipped them in egg and then coated them in panko bread crumbs. Next, I drizzled them with a little olive oil and baked them in the oven until they were golden brown and crispy.

I have said this before in some of my other recipes, but I’ll say it again, panko bread crumbs are wonderful. They are Japanese style bread crumbs that can be found in Asian markets and I have even found them at my local small grocery store so you should be able to find them. Don’t substitute regular bread crumbs in this recipe, the panko is what makes these crispy.

Crispy Oven Baked Prawns Recipe

Serves 2 Prep Time: Cook Time:
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  • 12 (51/60 count) prawns, peeled and deviened, tail-on
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • non-stick spray



Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray


Using a small knife, carefully slice the prawns down the back so that they lay flat. Be careful not to slice through the prawn. Set aside. Repeat until all prawns are completed.


In a bowl combine flour, salt and pepper. In another bowl beat egg. Place panko bread crumbs in a third bowl.


Dredge each prawn in flour. Shake off excess. Dip in egg and then press into panko bread crumbs to coat.


Place finished prawns on prepared baking sheet and bake on the middle rack at 450 for 6-7 minutes. Turn on broiler and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until the prawns turn golden brown.




I like to serve these with sweet Thai chili sauce or plum sauce for dipping. For something a little different, and a little spicy try dipping these in hot Chinese style mustard. Enjoy!

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  • Reply
    October 24, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Once again, I think I’ll try these in the air fryer…I love your site!

    • Reply
      October 24, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you so much! :)

  • Reply
    May 31, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Can’t wait to try the shrimp with hot Chinese sauce

  • Reply
    May 30, 2009 at 7:44 am

    That sounds wonderful zoe!
    Thanks Barbara! I hope you enjoy it!
    Thanks finsmom and MrsErg.
    You’re welcome biz!

  • Reply
    May 26, 2009 at 8:58 am

    These look delicious – I may have to make these tonight!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Mrs Ergül
    May 26, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Geez! I love this!

  • Reply
    May 22, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I love seeing an unhealthy dish made more healthy :) Great job!

  • Reply
    May 21, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I am going out as soon as I can to get prawns. I am so excited by your wonderful and simple recipe. Can’t wait. The photo is beautiful too!

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    May 21, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    I was just about to make this same dish tonight but with a mixed seafood – mussels, calamari, shrimp, scallop. Yum!

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