Popcorn Prawn Tacos

As I have mentioned previously, Doug and I went through a taco phase.  Out of all the tacos I made these Popcorn Prawn tacos were a favourite.  My brothers polished off what I made and begged me to make another batch.  I obliged and that batch was scoffed up just as quickly.  This is a real winner.






The prawns are deliciously sweet with a lovely crispy outside.  I added a bit of cayenne pepper to the batter to add a bit of spice!  YUM!!  It is so difficult not to eat the prawns as they come out of the frier, when they are supper hot and crunchy.




I originally made these to be served with a lime and coriander mayo but the chimichurri sauce I made for steak tacos actually went much better with the prawns.  The chimichurri balances out the richness of the fried prawns by adding freshness to the tacos.



I serve these tacos with guacamole, sour cream, salsa, jalapeños, fresh coriander, making the perfect combination.



Popcorn Prawn Tacos

Serves 4

  • 400g prawns, deshelled and deveined and cut into small 3/4
  • 1.5 cup cake flour
  • 1 heaped dessert spoon corn flour
  • 2 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1-2 cup sunflower oil
  • 4-8 soft tacos/flour tortillas (depending on size)


  • 2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 red chilli, thinly sliced
  • small handful of mint and parsley, finely chopped
  • large handful coriander, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp red vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper
  1. Pour the oil in a pot (at between a 1/2 – 2/3 full) and put the heat on high heat
  2. In a bowl mix the flour, cayenne pepper and seasoning in a bowl
  3. In another bowl add the milk
  4. Dunk the prawns in the milk then in the flour until evenly covered
  5. When the oil is hot (add a piece of bread and if it sizzles and starts to brown, it is ready!)
  6. Add the prawns, a few at a time, and cook for 3 minutes or until starting the brown
  7. Put cooked prawns in a bowl with some paper towel to absorb the excess oil and cook the rest of the prawns
  8. To make the chimichurri, mix all the ingredients in a bowl
  9. Serve the tacos with the prawns, chimichurri with any accompaniments (I suggest guacamole, salsa, jalapeños, sour cream and coriander)

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