Prep: 5m | Cook: 30m

Red Onion and Prawn Dipping Sauce Recipe

Easy Red Onion and Prawn dipping sauce for fried prawns


■ 1 red onion, roughly chopped

■ prawn shells and heads

■ 1-2 cups|240-480ml of water

■ 3 tablespoons of oil

■ 1 tablespoon of flour

■ salt and pepper

■ 1/2 bay leaf


1. Roughly chop the red onions.

2. Heat the oil in a pan, add the prawn shells and heads and fry until they turn pink about 4 minutes, add the red onions and fry the shells and onions on medium heat until the onions are very soft about 5 minutes.

3. Add water to cover the shells, a cup or more, the bay leaf and a pinch of salt. Bring the stock to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or more, add a little more water as required.

4. Pour the stock through a strainer, pressing out all the sauce, deglaze the pan with a little water and strain this too.

5. Return the sauce to the pan and heat through, mix a little of the sauce with the flour and then add to the pan, season with salt and pepper, cook until the sauce thickens slightly.

Red Onion and Prawn Dipping Sauce

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Recipe adapted From: Felipe B Nery's english translation of Maria Celestina de Mello e Senna's cookbook "Bons Petiscos", 1972. Accessed online 2015, no longer available.