‘Popcorn Prawns’

My father and I struck a deal that if I did a solid 3 hours of study I could eat lunch at Swampdog. Swampdog is a fish and chip shop.  You’re probably thinking why am I so enthused about eating at a fish and chips store? Well it was awarded the sustainability award by the Queensland Good Food Guide. The store bought my interest with the line “Not your average fish and chips” and immediately I begged my Dad to take me.  After reading a couple reviews on Swampdog, the ‘popcorn’ prawns sounded like the go which the reviewer said was a favourite.

Knowing the Princess (my sister) loved oily, crispy and deep fried dishes I told her about them and she was very excited.

Once study was over I told Dad where the eatery is located and we were on our way. It took us 10-15 minutes to get there and we were surprised to see the lack of parking space. After 10 minutes of driving around trying to find a park we gave up!

We all drove away disappointed and sad especially the Princess.

I decided to make it up to the Princess so we made our own ‘popcorn’ prawns.


They were delicious, crispy and yum paired with a side of homemade mayonnaise. We cheered up the Princess and also had a really easy to make lunch. I have added the recipe below. Feel free to use chicken as well to have variety like we did. Enjoy!

Crispy ‘popcorn’ prawns (serves 4)


20 shelled and deveined medium green prawns

¾ cup of rice flour

½ cup of corn flour (gluten free)

2 teaspoons of paprika

Three quarters of a cup of cold water

Pinch Salt and grind of Pepper

Small pot of sunflower oil  (700mls)


Heat up a small pot of oil till nice and hot on medium high.

Meanwhile whisk flours and paprika together with cold water until a nice runny batter forms – add the water a bit at a time till you get the right consistency.  Too runny and the batter will fall off the prawns.


Dip a few prawns into the batter at a time and them drop them carefully into the small pot of oil being careful of oil splatter.

Cook the prawns in batches until crispy and browned (2-3 mins).

Drain on a paper towel.

To serve, place the prawns on a plate and serve with your favourite dipping sauce.


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