|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 229g||294%|
|Saturated Fat 16g||81%|
|Total Carbohydrate 17g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||6%|
|Total Sugars 6g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Chinese prawn crackers, also known as prawn chips and shrimp chips, are those tasty prawn-flavored chips (sometimes in pastel colors) that puff up when deep-fried.
Prawn crackers are an easy snack food to prepare for both kids and adults because you just fry the dehydrated chips, which can be purchased from an Asian supermarket or online retailer. Once they hit the hot oil, they puff up into a delicious treat in a matter of seconds with a texture and flavor that goes very well with beer.
For best results, don't fry too many of the prawn crackers at once, and have a wire strainer or slotted spoon at the ready to quickly remove them from the hot oil. For best results, try frying six to seven chips simultaneously. More than that and it's difficult to quickly remove them from the wok before they start to burn.
"This was the most fun dish to make and would be a perfect party appetizer. These chips puff right up so it’s easy to tell when they are cooked to perfection. It was almost like a little firework in the fryer, and I found the most success flipping the chips with chopsticks." —Tracy Wilk
4 ounces prawn-flavored chips, such as Ching Kee brand
4 cups neutral oil, or as needed for deep frying
Gather the ingredients.
Heat the oil to 350 F/182 C in a wok or deep-sided skillet or Dutch oven. To determine if the oil is hot enough, test by either using a deep-fry thermometer or placing a cooking chopstick or wooden spoon upright in the middle of the wok. The oil is ready when bubbles start forming around the chopstick or wooden spoon immediately.
Place several chips into the hot oil, separating them if needed. Deep fry the chips for a few seconds until they puff up (the process takes less than 5 seconds), then remove the chips and drain on paper towels. Lay out a fresh paper towel for each batch of chips before deep frying.
Prawn crackers taste best served warm. If not serving immediately, store in a sealed container and reheat briefly in a 250 F oven before serving.