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15 minute recipe: sweet sour prawns

Sweet and sour prawns in 15 minutes |

Sometimes you’re gonna have those days where you just do not have any time, you don’t feel like cooking and you just want to get it over with. For those days it is good to have a couple of go to recipes that are quick and healthy and take you something like 15 minutes. A little bit like Jamie’s famous 15 minute meals but than tested in Simone’s kitchen… 🙂 And let’s be honest, even if it takes 20 minutes, it’s still a pretty quick recipe for a weekday meal. Or at least that is the intention for our 15 minute meals. It’s not a fixed topic but I will be putting up regular quick dishes for the times when you need it and you will be able to find them back under 15 minute recipes. O and I notice it is hard for me to count as this one takes 17 minutes. Hahaha…

Sweet and sour prawns in 15 minutes |

I have more of those really quick recipes but I haven’t had time to run through all the dishes and highlight the new category, so you’ll see some more popping up there as we go along and check which one fit and which ones don’t. This one certainly does. It’s from the book by Ching-He Huang, Ching’s Fast Food in which she shares a lot of delicious and quick chinese recipes. A real winner if you like the Chinese kitchen. For this dish you can use the peeled and cleaned (raw) tiger prawns or if you have little more time on your hands, you can clean them yourself. It will take you more than 15 minutes if you do!

Sweet and sour prawns stir-fry


  • 50g (2oz) tinned pineapple chunks
  • 200 ml (7fl oz) pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp of groundnut oil
  • 12 deveined and cleaned tiger prawns
  • 1 tbsp of peeled and grated root ginger
  • 1 red chili, deseeded and chopped
  • 1/2 onion cut into chunks
  • small handful of red and yellow pepper chunks
  • small handful of bean sprouts
  • salt
  • white ground pepper
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp of runny honey
  • 1 spring onion, finely sliced


  1. Place the pineapple chunks and juice in a blender and whiz to a puree, then remove from the blender and put on the side.
  2. Heat a wok over high heat until it starts to smoke and than add half of the oil to it. Add the prawns and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until they turn pink, then set aside
  3. Stiry-fry the ginger and the chili in the remaining oil for a few seconds, add the onion to it and stir-fry for another minute or so or until softened.
  4. Add the pineapple puree and let the sauce reduce for a minute. Stir in the pepper chunks and bean sprouts and cook for another minute
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper and add the lime juice and the honey. Add the prawns and heat together. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary and sprinkle with the spring onion.
  6. Serve immediately with jasmine rice

Recipe by Ching-He Huang, Ching's Fast Food

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Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over.
She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats.
Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy.
Profession: Food photographer


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