Prawn balls recipe| shrimp ball recipe | how to make fried prawn balls recipe

Shrimp ball recipe or Fried prawn balls recipe with step by step pictures. Prawn balls or shrimp ball, an interesting recipe of deep-fried starter, where mince prawns, quickly marinated with chopped ginger-garlic-green chilies-spring onion and parsley, a combination of fish sauce and dark soy sauce, a sprinkle of salt and pepper turned it to be juicy and flavorsome from inside. And a lite coat of breadcrumbs provides the crispiness from outside, after deep frying.

  I recently had this prawn balls or shrimp ball in a Bangalore based Chinese restaurant, when noticed this recipe on their menu card. I was a little curious to know how it would be? Its single bite made me realize, each ingredient perfectly compliment each other. That day itself, I made up my mind to prepare it at home in my own way.

fried shrimp ball is served with sweet chilli sauce

Finally, last weekend when I went to the fish shop, the idea of making this recipe just jumped into my mind and immediately bought some prawns from there. And the next day evening I start making this recipe with all the ingredients (which I feel, was added to this recipe in the restaurant). Though initially, I was a bit nervous, when after taking the first bite, my husband assured me that it was just the same as that, I decided to post it.

If you are a true prawn lover and love the Chinese flavour, must try this fried prawn balls as a starter at home. Even this quick starter is also perfect for any house party, serve it with sweet chilli sauce. I will also describe how to easily prepare this sweet chilli sauce at home.

You may also try some of my prawn starters

 Prawn cutlet recipe 

 Butter garlic prawns

Crispy batter fried prawns

Prawn ghee roast recipe

shrimp ball recipe

Prep time: 20-25 mins

Cook time: 10 mins

Total time: 35 mins

Course: starter / appetizer

Cuisine: Chinese

No of. balls: 15

Author: Moumita

Ingredients of prawn balls

  • 500 gms prawns(22-25 prawns)
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger(finely chopped)
  • 3 green chillies(chopped)
  • 1 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dark soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • a handful of spring onion(chopped) 
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • salt( as per taste)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs(panko or regular)
  • oil for deep frying

For making the homemade sweet chilli sauce

  • 4 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chilli sauce

How to make fried prawn balls or shrimp ball recipe step by step with pictures


  • First, remove the head, peeled and deveined the prawns or shrimp. Wash it properly.
  • Then place the prawns or shrimps on a chopping board, chop it to turn it into mince. Or even you may put it into the blender, blend it till it get minced not paste.
chopping down the prawns the main ingredients of this prawn balls recipe to get it minced
  • After that, keep the minced prawns in a mixing bowl, add finely chopped ginger to it.
adding chopped ginger to the minced prawn
  • Next, add chopped garlic and chopped green chillies to the bowl.
adding chopped garlic and chopped green chillies to the bowl with minced prawn
  • Then add 1 tbsp chopped parsley to it, even you may add coriander or cilantro instead of parsley too.
adding chopped parsley to the bowl
  • Now add salt(as per taste), though I added 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper to it.
adding pepper and salt to the bowl
  • Then add 1 1/2 tsp fish sauce and 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce to the bowl.
adding fish sauce and dark soy sauce to the mixture for making this shrimp ball recipe
  • Next, add chopped spring onion to the bowl, mix it well together.
chopped spring onion is added to the bowl
  • Lastly, add 2 tbsp of corn flour and mix it nicely.
corn flour is added to the bowl
  • Now, grease your palm with oil, and start making the balls from the mixture. As the mixture is a little sticky.
making the shrimp ball from the mix for making this recipe
  • After making the raw prawn balls, keep it in the freezer for 10 mins to hold that perfect round shape.
raw shrimp balls are ready to go to the freezer for making this recipe
  • After 10 mins, take it out of the freezer, and roll it down in regular breadcrumbs or panko breadcrumbs(if available).
rolling down the shrimp ball in the breadcrumbs for making this recipe
  • Once all the balls are nicely coated in breadcrumbs, keep it in the freezer for 10 more mins.
nicely coated shrimp balls are ready to go to the freezer for making this recipe
  • Take a deep fry pan, place it on medium flame, add oil for deep frying, let the oil gets hot.
  • When the oil is hot, slow down the flame to its minimum. Add the balls to the pan. 
prawn balls are added to the pan for deep frying
  • After a few mins, turn it down, when it gets a lite golden colour from one side. And slow cook for 5 mins or till it gets a nice golden colour from both sides.
slow cooking the shrimp balls in the hot oil till to get nice golden in colour
  • Then rise up the flame to the high, and fry it for 3-4 mins. And stir it continuously at this stage.
showing the fried prawn balls after frying of 3-4 mins on high flame to make this recipe
  • When the balls get nice golden brown colour, remove it from the pan to the paper towel, to soak the excess oil.
fried prawn balls on the paper towel for soaking excess oil
  • For making the sweet chilli sauce, take a bowl, add 4 tbsp of tomato ketchup with 1 1/2 tbsp of chilli sauce. Mix it together. Sweet chilli sauce is ready.
  • Then, serve this hot prawn balls with sweet chilli sauce or any sauce of your choice.

Try this Chinese prawn starter at home and let me know your valuable feedback by writing it down in the comment section below.


  • Here I’ve used parsley for making these shrimp balls, you may use coriander or cilantro instead of parsley.  
  • I’ve used panko breadcrumbs in this recipe, as this breadcrumb will help to maintain its lite golden colour the same as the restaurant one. But you may easily use regular breadcrumbs, it will make these fried shrimp balls just a little dark golden brown in colour.
  • Though it took first 5 mins to slow cook and last 3-4 mins on high temperature for me to get the exact texture like the restaurant. It might differ, it may take less or more time as the low and high temperature are not the same for all oven.
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