Macadamia and Coconut Crusted Prawns

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 large egg whites
Heaping 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
Heaping 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Heaping 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, finely ground
Vegetable oil, for frying
18 jumbo prawns, peeled and deveined, tails on

Citrus Dipping Sauce:

1/2 cup orange marmalade
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Frank's

Special equipment: a deep-frying thermometer

1. For the dipping sauce: Stir the marmalade, mustard and hot sauce together. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. For the prawns: Combine the flour, paprika, Cajun seasoning, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a shallow bowl. Place the egg whites in another shallow bowl and whisk until frothy. Combine the panko, coconut and ground macadamias in a third shallow bowl.

3. Fill a wide, shallow pot with about 1 inch of oil. Heat over medium-high heat until the oil registers 175°C on a deep-frying thermometer. Line a plate with paper towels.

4. Meanwhile, toss the prawns in the seasoned flour to coat. Working with a few prawns at a time, shake off the excess flour and dip in the egg whites to coat.

5. Let the excess egg white drip off, then toss in the coconut mixture, pressing with your fingertips to get as much coating to adhere as possible.

6. Add half of the prawns to the oil and fry until golden brown and just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side; transfer to the lined plate to drain. Return the oil to 175°C and repeat with the remaining shrimp.

7. Arrange the prawns and dipping sauce on a serving platter and serve warm.

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