Cajun Popcorn Prawns

I got SO many messages about this dish when I first put it on my stories on Instagram and I’m not gonna lie, it’s not hard to see why. These are SO moreish. You can use shop-bought Cajun seasoning if you prefer, but making your own blend is super simple and you’ll have leftovers to spare!

This makes a really generous portion and is perfect for snacking in front of the TV. Who needs popcorn for movie night when you can have popcorn PRAWNS?!? I mean, it’s a no-brainer for me! The great thing is, this recipe is very easy and takes no time at all. What are you waiting for?

Cajun Popcorn Prawns

Ingredients (serves two-three)
300g king prawns, peeled & deveined
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
100g plain flour
150g buttermilk
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 lime
3 tbsp mayonnaise

1. Mix all of the herbs and spices together with 1 tsp of salt and stir to combine. This makes more than you’ll need, but you can keep it in a jar as spare Cajun seasoning – it’s great on chips!
2. Put the plain flour and 2 tbsp of the spice mix in a bowl and stir. Put the prawns in a plastic sandwich bag and add half of the seasoned flour, then toss until all the prawns are coated in the flour.
3. Put the buttermilk in another bowl and add 1.5 tbsp of the spice mix and stir to combine. Put vegetable oil (about 2-3cm) into a saucepan and heat to 180c. One by one, coat the seasoned prawns in the buttermilk, then back into the remaining seasoned flour. Place the prawns on a baking tray until they are all coated. Mix the zest of the lime with the mayonnaise, then cut the zested lime into wedges.
4. Fry the prawns in the hot oil in batches for 3-4 minutes until golden. Drain quickly on kitchen paper, then serve with the lime mayo and the wedges, for squeezing over. Dip and devour.

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