These mouthwatering Sweet and Sour Prawns are a delightful blend of tempura-battered wok-fried shrimp, vegetables, and pineapple coated in my homemade sweet and sour sauce! It’s the ultimate Chinese food dish that rivals any takeout option and can be easily prepared at home any night of the week!
This quick and delicious Chinese food recipe is perfect for a homemade meal and can be ready in just over 30 minutes! The tangy sweet and sour sauce perfectly complements the tender fried shrimp, your favorite vegetables, and juicy pineapple chunks!
Serve this beloved family favorite with steamed or fried rice, along with a side of my crispy cream cheese wontons for an authentic restaurant-style dinner experience! It surpasses any restaurant dish in taste and is a hassle-free meal to enjoy after a busy day!
- 1 Sweet And Sour Sauce (use mine or store-bought)
- 1 pound Shrimp (large, deveined, and tails removed – thawed if frozen)
- 4 large Egg Whites
- ⅔ cup Cornstarch
- 1 Red Bell Pepper (cut into 1-inch chunks)
- 1 Green Bell Pepper (cut into 1-inch chunks)
- ½ medium White Onion (cut into 1-inch chunks)
- 1 cup Pineapple Chunks (approximately one 8-ounce can)
- Cooking Oil (for frying the shrimp)
? Step-By-Step Instructions
1. Make the Sweet and Sour Sauce
- Start by making my special homemade sweet and sour sauce, a recipe that I have perfected over time to achieve the best balance of sweet and tangy flavors. You can probably tell how much I adore my sweet and sour sauce!
- Once your sauce has reached the perfect thickness, set it aside until you’re ready to assemble the sweet and sour shrimp.
2. Make the Batter
- Begin by whisking four egg whites in a medium-sized mixing bowl to create the tempura batter. Whisk the egg whites until they become light and foamy, then add ⅔ cup cornstarch and continue whisking until the cornstarch is fully dissolved.
- Your batter should have a creamy and smooth consistency. If you prefer a lighter batter, you can add a drizzle of seltzer water to achieve a light and airy tempura batter!
3. Fry the Shrimp
I am using large shrimp for my sweet and sour prawns, but feel free to use smaller or larger shrimp as well. Just make sure they are peeled and deveined, or take the time to clean and devein them before battering and frying.
- Heat your wok, skillet, frying pan, or Dutch oven with enough cooking oil to cover the shrimp over medium-high heat. The oil should reach 350ºF (175ºC) when you’re ready to fry the shrimp.
- Using a heat-resistant slotted spoon or fork, dip the shrimp into the batter, allowing any excess to drip off. Place 4 – 6 shrimp into the heated oil, ensuring they are not crowded while frying.
- Cook the prawns for 4 – 5 minutes, or until they turn a light golden brown. Transfer the cooked shrimp to a paper towel-lined plate or rack to drain off any excess oil. Continue cooking the shrimp in batches until all are done, discarding any remaining batter.
4. Stir Fry the Vegetables and Pineapple
- Clear any debris from your cooking oil, leaving about 2 tablespoons of oil in your wok or skillet to fry the red and green bell peppers, onion, and pineapple chunks.
- Return the wok or skillet to medium-high heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the cut vegetables and pineapple. Stir-fry for 2 – 3 minutes, or until the peppers and onion reach your desired level of tenderness.
Feel free to include any of your family’s favorite vegetables in this stir-fry dinner. Broccoli, carrots, celery, bok choy, or cabbage would all make fantastic additions to this meal!
5. Assemble the Sweet and Sour Prawns
- Pour the sweet and sour sauce over your stir-fried veggies and pineapple, stirring to coat everything evenly. Add the fried shrimp back into the wok with the vegetables and pineapple chunks, and stir to ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly coated.
- Cook the combined sauce, shrimp, vegetables, and pineapple until the sauce shimmers and the shrimp is thoroughly heated. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
Enjoy your sweet and sour prawns over steamed rice, fried rice, or chow mein noodles. For an extra touch, you can garnish this flavorful shrimp dish with sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, or chopped green onions. It’s flavorful, satisfying, and guaranteed to leave you craving more!
? More Tasty Shrimp Recipes
- General Tso’s Shrimp
- Shrimp with Garlic Sauce
- Creamy Coconut Shrimp
- Hunan Shrimp
- Hibachi Steak and Shrimp
- Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp
Remember, for a wide range of delectable and authentic Chinese recipes, visit BDK Restaurant – your go-to source for irresistible dishes that satisfy your cravings!