Prawns Fry

By Swasthi on August 6, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Prawns fry recipe – a quick prawns stir fry made with simple and easily available ingredients. To make any seafood, we use very few spices or garam masala. This helps to retain the original flavor of the seafood otherwise it gets dominated by the masala.

prawn fry recipe royyal vepudu

This quick prawns fry can be made under 15 minutes excluding marination time. It goes good with plain rice or any flavored rice. You can even make a prawn ghee rice just with the addition of cooked rice and ghee.

I have used fresh black tiger prawns to make this stir fry. Any variety of prawns or shrimp can be used. You can use even the smaller variety of prawns.

How to make prawns fry or royyala vepudu

1. Devein and clean prawns. Rinse them thoroughly. To remove fishy smell, they can be rinsed in little vinegar. You can also use lemon juice and salt. If using frozen prawns, you will need to soak in hot water for a while. This will help to soften them. Drain off water completely. Add lemon juice and 1 tsp oil. Mix well.

ingredients for marinade in prawns fry recipe

2. Add ginger garlic paste,red chili powder, turmeric, garam masala and coriander powder as well. Mix and set aside for at least 30 minutes. You can refrigerate for over night in the fridge.

addition of spice powders for prawns fry recipe

3. Pour oil or ghee to a hot pan. When it turns hot, add cumin and cardamom. Saute until they begin to sizzle.

sauteing spices for prawns fry recipe

4. Stir in the onions and slit chilies. Sprinkle salt.

sauteing onions for prawns fry recipe

5. As soon as the onions turn pink, add marinated prawns and fry.

frying royyalu for prawns fry recipe

6. When they begin to swirl up, add curry leaves as well. Continue to fry again.

addition of curry leaves

7. The prawns will swirl up completely. It means they are cooked thoroughly. Then add red chili powder and stir for just a minute. 1 tbsp fresh grated coconut can also be added at this stage. Stir fry until the coconut begin to smell good.

addition of chili powder in prawn fry recipe

Serve prawns fry with rice. You can also add some cooked basmathi rice, little more ghee, salt to the pan. Mix and stir to make prawn ghee rice.

royyala vepudu recipe

For more Prawn recipes, you can check
Prawn curry
Easy Prawn pulao
Prawn biryani
Andhra style prawn iguru
Prawn pakora
Chilli prawns

prawns fry

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Prawns Fry Recipe

Quick prawns fry made with very basic ingredients. Serve it with any meal.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

marination ingredients

  • 200 grams prawns (large or small, any variety)
  • 1 to 2 tsps lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp oil
  • tsp ginger garlic
  • salt as needed
  • ½ to ¾ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ to ¾ garam masala
  • ½ coriander powder (optional)

other ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil (or ghee)
  • 1 green cardamom (or elaichi)
  • ½ tsp cumin (or jeera/0
  • 1 medium onion (sliced or chopped)
  • 1 green chili slit
  • 2 sprig curry leaves
  • ½ chili powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp coconut grated, fresh, (optional)


  • Marinate prawns with marination ingredients. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Heat ghee or oil in a pan. The add cumin and cardamom. Allow them to splutter.
  • Fry onions, green chilies with salt until golden.
  • Add prawns and stir fry until they begin to swirl up. If needed add more red chili. You can also add fresh coconut if you like.
  • Add curry leaves and continue again to cook till they swirl completely.
  • Switch off and serve prawns fry with rice.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Prawns Fry Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 252mg84%
Sodium 815mg35%
Potassium 186mg5%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 675IU14%
Vitamin C 51mg62%
Calcium 166mg17%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hi Swasthi,

I was planning to make your prawns fry recipe, was wanting to keep them marinated overnight in refrigerator.
When they’ll be bought fresh from market, I might need around 2hrs or more to devein, wash & marinate them, as I might not be able to do this immediately.
Till then how to store them & keep them fresg.
Freezing without cleaning might increase the work.
Can they be kept at room temperature or refrigerator without being cleaned.

Please advise.

Thank you so much for the detailed explanation Swasthi?..

What can be used instead of lemon juice for marination over 30-40mins or overnight, as I tend to keep fish marinated over an hour at times at room temperature before frying.
Will white vinegar be a good substitute?

Please asvise

Great.. thank you so much for the tip.
Is this applicable only to fish or chicken as well

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Hi Swasthi.. We tried the prawn recipe. It was truly delicious. Thanks for sharing!!

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