Butter Oat Prawns

Butter Oat Prawns

When I first saw this dish in Malaysia I think it’s kind of weird as I haven’t seen oatmeal mixed in a savoury stir fried dish, but given it’s a seafood dish I should definitely have no hesitation as I am a sucker for seafood. Butter oat prawns is a dish made out of deep fried prawns mixed with a stir fried crispy oat and sometime cornflake mixture, the taste is a wonderful combination of sweet, savoury, creamy and a bit spicy. A totally different way of enjoying prawns, it’s a very easy recipe to prepare which I hope you try it and let me know what your thoughts are on this one.


500g medium prawns or shrimps
3 egg yolks, beaten
1/2 cup oats
3 tbsp cornflakes, crushed
3 tbsp powdered milk
1 tbsp sugar
10 pcs curry leaves
2 pcs dried chillies
4 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
freshly ground black pepper
oil, for deep frying


  1. Season prawns with salt and pepper.
  2. In a wok heat enough oil for deep frying, deep fry prawns until crispy. Remove from wok then set aside.
  3. Using a different wok add oil then pour egg yolks, mix vigorously why its cooking to from crispy strands, remove from wok, drain then set aside.
  4. In a bowl mix together oats, cornflakes, milk and sugar.
  5. Remove oil from wok then add butter, put heat on low and once butter is melted add curry leaves, garlic and chillies then stir fry until fragrant.
  6. Add oat mixture and egg yolk strands and stir fry until oats are crispy, add more butter if needed.
  7. Add deep fried prawns then continue to stir fry. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper then serve.


23 Responses

  1. Yes, this sounds very unusual, but delicious too.

  2. Oh yes, this prawns are so popular at Malaysia and its a must order when dine out at Chinese restaurants. I can imagine the flavor and taste of this home made version.

  3. PolaM says:

    what an interesting combo! I can see how it would work great together!

  4. Wow, this intriguing. But I love using cornflakes for chicken, so why not oatmeal for prawns? Looks delicious.

  5. Eri says:

    What a great idea, this has to be good!

  6. Cherrey says:

    this is exquisite and unique. I love prawns and I’m kind of getting tired of the usual recipes! I’ll definitely try this one.. This recipe will jumpstart the continuation of the recently idle cooking hobby. :-)

  7. I LOVE prawns and this is such a wonderful recipe to try out. When I get some, I will definitely make this recipe

  8. Very interesting recipe and divine photo’s. Can’t wait to try this! Kudos!

  9. My initial reaction to this recipe was the same as yours. Nonetheless guess I could see how this would work and I’d definitely try it.

  10. Caroline says:

    I’ve never seen prawns served like this either, but I’m sure it’s fantastic–especially if you’re making it!

  11. Guia Obsum says:

    Oh my! I was just thinking of what new shrimp recipe I would let my cook make yesterday. Wish I’d read this sooner! Looks so good! :)

  12. ceciliag says:

    That does sound strange, especially the cornflakes.. glad you liked it.. it does look easy! c

  13. meri says:

    this sounds so so savory and delicious. I’ve never made shrimp or prawns before (I’ve been a complete vegetarian until recently, I started eating some fish). I should have the boyfriend make this recipe!

  14. Kristy says:

    This sounds like it would be right up my alley. Sweet, savory, creamy and spicy!!! Perfection. I’m definitely going to try this one. :)

  15. samology says:

    Oats with prawns! I would have never thought of that… Finally found some use for my oats hidden in the cabinet….

  16. Tita Beng says:

    Never heard of this recipe before. Looks enticing. Would love to try this.

  17. Eileen says:

    I love making this dish, but my recipe is a little different. If you would like to check it out here is the link http://eileenscookingadventure.blogspot.com/2011/04/prawns-with-oats.html

  18. Interesting tak but since I like oats and cornflakes and any type of spice I think I’d enjoy a bowl of these no problem.

  19. Gorgeous prawn dish! It’s interesting to put oats in this. I’ve never seen anything like it. Love to try this dish.

  20. i just read cherry’s blog about oated and coated hotdog roll here: http://cherrey.110mb.com/index.php/whatchamacallit-oated-and-coated-hotdog-bread-roll/

    interesting that both of you are “oating” the food. ahahah

    • Cherrey says:

      Hehe.. I’ll try to 100% oat for coating, but I’m just skeptical about doing that, it might get too grainy.. But let’s see :-)

  21. foodjaunts says:

    I’m not a big fan of prawns but those look delicious! I would totally be willing to give these a shot

  22. Dear Raymund,

    This is quite a popular signature dish with many restaurants in KL. The oatmeal is super crispy and the curry leaves really give this dish a great flavour and aroma. Well done.

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