Prawns in home made schezwan sauce / Schezwan Prawns

Schezwan Shrimps are delectable and tongue ticking appetizer , though a bit spicy , the schezwan sauce is made at home , Here my recipe is a quick, easy and palatable schezwan sauce , which you can add in other cuisines or serve as condiments with chicken lollipops, chicken finger and so on. You can prepare this schezwan sauce in a large quantity and store in a tight container for further use .

You can prepare chicken schezwan too with this sauce. Here is the recipe of shrimps in schezwan sauce. 


12 -15 whole red chillies
1 tbsp spoon vinegar 
1/4 tsp soya sauce 
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
2-3 tbsp tomato sauce 
7-8  cloves of garlic finely chopped 
1 tsp finely chopped ginger  
2 tbsp oil 


 250 gms big shrimps ( peeled )
1 tsp red chilly powder 
2 tsp ginger garlic paste 
1 green capsicum ( chopped into cube shaped )
4-5 spring onion bulbs (each chopped into 2 )
4-5 spring onion greens ( stem ) ( finely chopped )
1 tbsp olive oil / vegetable oil / butter 


1. Soak whole red chillies for half and hour , break them  into two pieces and deseed them. ( you won't be able to remove all the seeds , but try as much as you can , this will lessen the hotness ) 

2.Wash  , clean , devein and marinate the shrimps / prawns with salt , red chilly powder and ginger garlic paste for an hour .

  3. Grind the chillies in a food processor with little water in  which they were soaked and make a coarse paste .

4. In a pan or kadhai , drizzle oil, add ginger garlic and fry for a minute . ( keep on slow flame as they should not turn brown ) 

5. Now add the chilly paste and fry for a minute.

6. Add pepper powder , 

7. Add 1/2 tbsp vinegar ( later if you feel less you can add 1/ 2 tbsp more in the end to adjust the taste , as I added 1/2 tbsp later for my taste buds , but this depends on you ) 

8. Add soya sauce , 

9. Add 2-3 tbsp tomato sauce (add 2 tbsp , then later in the end,  if you feel the need to adjust the taste, then add 1-2 tbsp more ) 

10.  Fry until the oil separates, now add 3 -5 tbsp water. sprinkle salt, mix well and adjust the other seasonings too like vinegar and tomato sauce, fry until oil separates. 

11. Side by side in another pan , drizzle some olive oil / vegetable oil/ /butter and fry the prawns until the water has dried up , off the gas.
Add 2 tbsp cornflour to the marinated prawns , mix well and deep fry them in batches in hot oil until golden . Drain and keep on an absorbent paper.

12. Add the green cube shaped capsicum , spring onion bulbs and the prawns to the prepared schezwan gravy. Mix well, adjust tomato sauce , salt and sugar if needed .Simmer for half a minute , off the gas. 

13. Garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot.  (Recipe by Zulekha Arafat )                 

NOTE  :                                                                                       
  • If you feel its spicy then add tomato sauce more to adjust the hotness.
  •  If you want you can deep fry the prawns or pan fry them , both are fine , it totally depends on you.



1. Pan Fried Prawns/ Tawa Masala Prawns. ( click here for the recipe ) 

2. Lemon Prawns .click here for the recipe 

3. Butter Garlic Prawns . ( click here for the recipe

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