Prawn Fry

Andhra Style Prawn Fry

My friend sent me a packet of cleaned and de-veined prawns the other day. The prawn was pretty small in size but packed with flavor as my friend rightly pointed out. I got down to making an Andhra style prawn fry. I like prawn and can eat as often as possible without getting tried of it. Usually I cook the prawn in a dry saute style or biryani. Tried a slightly different version of prawn fry this time around and am pleased with the end result.

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Indian Shrimp Fry

Despite the minimal ingredients and an easy recipe to work around, the flavor of the prawn fry was outstandingly good. I highly recommend all you prawn lovers to try this Andhra style prawn fry recipe and you will not be disappointed. Works great as a starter for a party or as a side with rice.

Prawn Fry

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 4

 Main Ingredients:

  •  prawns


  •   Prawns - 500 gms, cleaned and de-veined
  •   Onions - 2, finely sliced
  •   Garlic, - 3, finely minced
  •   Ginger green chili paste (1" ginger and 3 green chilies)
  •   Red chilli pwd - 1 1/2 tsps (adjust)
  •   Turmeric pwd - 1/4 tsp
  •   Coriander pwd - 1 tsp
  •   Saunf pwd - 1/2 tsp
  •   Kasuri methi - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  •   Coconut - 2 tbsp (grated)
  •   Garam masala pwd (3 cloves, 1" cinnamon stick, 1 elaichi)
  •   Lemon juice OR curd/yogurt - 1 tbsp
  •   Salt to taste
  •   Curry leaves - 15-20
  •   Cooking oil - 1 1//2 tbsps

Method for making Prawn Fry

Marinate the prawns in ginger green chili paste, 3/4 tsp chilli pwd, turmeric pwd, lemon juice and salt for 10 mts.
Add 1/4 cup of water to the marinated prawns and bring to a boil, reduce to medium flame cook for 6-8 mts. Turn off heat and drain the excess water, if any.
Heat oil in a pan, add the finely minced garlic and saute for half a mt. Add sliced onions, kasuri methi and curry leaves and saute till the onions turn a light caramlized brown, approx 7-8 mts.
Add the cooked prawns,1/4 tsp chili pwd, saunf pwd, coriander pwd and garam masala pwd and stir fry for 3 mts. Add the grated coconut and saute for 3 mts. Adjust salt and turn off heat. Serve hot as a starter or as a stir fry with rice.


  •   You can omit coconut if you do not have it on hand.
  •   Kasuri Methi or dried fenugreek leaves can be substituted with pudina leaves (5-6 leaves). If you do not have pudina, omit it and follow rest of the recipe.


One of the classic Andhra recipes with shrimp, Royalla Vepudu aka Prawn Fry that can be made in less than 20 minutes.. Andhra style prawn fry goes well with rice and sambar.

34 thoughts on “Prawn Fry

  1. Hi Sailu,

    Just loved ur recipe,will try next week.By the way what Saunf Powder.Pls put some Fish fry recipe as well.


  2. Hi Sailu,

    Just loved ur recipe,will try next week.By the way what Saunf Powder.Pls put some Fish fry recipe as well.


  3. I have tried it tonight and came out very tasty. Thanks for the recipe. This made my friday night dinner. you are doing wonderful work, love your blog. keep going.

  4. I am stunned seeing your blog Sailu.
    I’m a bad cook when it comes to prawns. I really wanted to try this recipe. I get freezed prawns here and they are not getting cooked well. do you know the reason behind it. In India, prawns will be nice to eat just like cakes, here they seem to be raw and under-cooked even if I have them in stove for hours…:( pls help me.

      1. ๐Ÿ™ my hubby is not believing me when i tell the same reason… should show him this reply. Thank you so much Sailu ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sailu, Sailu, Sailu, What can I say about this yummy recipe. Its just amazing!!! Today I wanted a very different recipe from mine for my prawns. This one seemed interesting, because adding kasuri methi, grated coconut, saun powder to a prawns fry was unusual for me. Then I thought how would I get a different recipe if I didn’t use different ingredients from mine. Since it is from Sailu’s Kitchen, I wanted to give it a go. And it turned out to be a great success. My husband was winging about why I was cooking a kilo of prawns for two of us (Of course, I always have my two friends on my mind who love my cooking). I couldn’t stop him from tasting half of it even before I served. That was lovely. The ginger-green chilli paste added such a great flavour to it in addition to kasuri methi, saunf, etc… To cut long story to short, I now can cook something better than my mom. Thank you sooooooooooo much for sharing this one.

  6. Hello Sailu…

    Thank You very much for this recipe. I am a forced bachelor no wand do not know cooking at first place except Rice and few curry’s like tomato and lentils . I started trying different curries and ended up with this blog while searching for nice recipe on shrimp .First time i did use some extra water and salt but second time it got nice also my colleagues loved it.

    That tasted so much with Two beers.Hope fully I can prepare even better than now when my wife returns.

  7. Hi Sailu, I couldn’t cook to save my life until recently when I got married. From never stepping into the kitchen to not having a choice, I have come a long way. Tried your fantastic recipe and the ginger-green chilly paste n coconut did the trick for me n my family. Thank you for the recipe n please keep them coming. Just for the record, my wife is a fantastic person n cook, it’s me who expects too much out of food!!!

  8. South Indian recipes of fish are often packed with flavors and the Andhra cuisine in particular is full of spice. Your recipe of prawn fry is perfect for a starter and it is also very easy to prepare. The attached picture of the dish certainly looks delicious.

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