Quick Stir Fry Prawns with Fennel


I am slightly obsessed with prawns. They are my absolute favourite protein! Dan however does not appreciate the finer things in life and thinks they are just alright. (I know!) So much so, he rarely ever asks for dishes with them… until now.

This prawn dish is quick and super easy to whip up on a weekday night/lazy evenings and only requires a few fresh ingredients. While it is meant to be a side dish, I have just doubled up the portion and turned it into a main meal.

Despite the chillies, it is surprisingly not that spicy and thanks to the fennel has a nice sweetness to it that compliments the prawns and onions. And if that hasn’t convinced you, it is the one prawn dish that Dan actually actively asks for.

Definitely, a recipe to try if you’re looking for something packing a little less heat, a little different and super quick as this comes together in under 30 minutes.

As always do let me know if you give this recipe a try.


Prawns 250gm
1 tsp fennel powder
1 tsp garam masala
0.5 – 1 tsp chilli powder
5 – 6 dried chillies
0.5 tsp fennel seeds
1 cinnamon stick
1 red onion diced
*75 – 100ml water (adjust according to how much sauce you want)
Salt to taste

1. Heat oil in a pan then fry cinnamon stick, dried chillies and fennel seeds until chillies start to brown.
2. Add onions and cook on medium heat till translucent.
3. Then add fennel powder, garam masala and chilli powder.
4. Add 100ml* of water to create a paste and let the spices cook til fragrant.
5. Add prawns to the mix, some salt to taste and once they are cooked, it is done.

Re water – I gradually add tablespoon by tablespoon of water to the dish as I want it to be on the drier side. If using fresh prawns, they release a fair bit of water so I would recommend starting off with 50mls and add more later as you see fit.

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