It is patty-making time again! And this time, I’m using prawns instead of meat. Prawns get cooked really fast so it only takes about 2 minutes to pan-fry these patties. The water chestnuts add crunch to the patties and the sesame seeds just give them a lovely nutty flavour. Simply light and delicious nibbles!
Sesame Prawn Patties Recipe
Ingredients (serves 3-4)
500g prawns, peeled, de-veined & minced
8 water chestnuts, finely chopped
3 stalks spring onions, finely chopped
4 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tbsp fish sauce
1. Put the minced prawns, water chestnuts and spring onions in a bowl. Add sesame oil, fish sauce and a few dashes of white pepper. Mix thoroughly.
2. Place the sesame seeds on a flat dish. Using a teaspoon, scoop a heaped portion of the prawn mixture on wet palm, gently shape into a round ball and roll it over the sesame seeds. Flatten the ball to form a patty and transfer to a plate with parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
3. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet on medium heat and pan-fry the prawn patties till they turn golden brown on both sides.
4. Serve with sweet chilli sauce.
Instead of using a food processor, I’d prefer to use a cleaver and chopping board to mince up the prawns so as to preserve some big bits for that extra bounce. Also, do note sesame seeds get charred easily so be careful when you’re pan-frying the patties. Burnt sesame seeds taste really bitter and will spoil the entire dish.
These prawn patties are best eaten hot as they will lose the exterior crunch if left out for too long. Bon appetit!