Creamy Fragrant Butter Prawns @ 'Lai Yao Har'

I was checking on those huge prawns at the wet market the other day. It was so much cheaper after the Chinese New Year. The prices went down about 40%-50% depending on sizes. Just the right timing for me to get some for my family to enjoy especially my boy. His favourite!

And here's what I did.
Ingredients :
1/2 kg large prawns
handful of curry leaves
a few birds eye chilies, cut small
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1-1/2 tspn curry powder
1/2 tspn turmeric powder
1 tbsp sugar
salt to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream
Method :
(1) fry all prawns in few batches untill cooked.
(2) preheat non-stick frying pan with butter.
(3) stir in chopped garlic, curry leaves, curry powder & turmeric powder, saute untill fragrant.
(4) add in heavy cream & sugar and simmer untill thick & creamy.
(5) off the heat, stir in fried prawns & mix well.

This creamy butter prawns is one of the most popular seafood dish over here in Malaysia & Singapore. The sauce is so flavourful and tasty delicious. I bet you will never had enough of this. But before cooking, a proper cleaning need to be done to the prawns. Make sure you cut the back of the prawns about three quarter deep and pull out the intestine neatly. The deepness of the cut will gives a nice curl to the prawns after cooked. It's best to leave the head stick to it, unless if you're making stir fried. I'm sure this is something irresistible to all. Enjoy!


  1. I love prawns, as soon as I get back to France I will be at the fish counter. Diane

  2. looks absolutely wonderful...I can't take my eyes off these yummy delights...

  3. Is my favorite too. I love it when cook this way.

  4. Smart kid. Giant creamy kind of dish.

  5. Still feeling very full after another invitation to a food-tasting session. But your prawns has attraction my attention. Hahaha! Chk this out OpenRice S'pore Food Tasting Event At Charly T's!

    Thumbs-up! Will kiv this. Nice shots of the prawns :)

  6. i just got my medical checkup report and u show me this post... *pengsan*

  7. Kristy! Prawn also my favorite!! Looks so delicious and mouth watering ;))

  8. Whao... I always thought this dish is very tough, surprisingly it's quite easy! Thx for sharing... drooling over your picture liao!

  9. oh gosh, give me some mantao with this pls!

  10. Funny how prices go down after a holiday... I would have scooped those prawns up also. And love the creaminess of the sauce and the lovely fragrances of the spices.

  11. Wow, what a great prawns dish...sure look so tasty...great photos as well :-) Have a great week ahead!

  12. So yummy looking! It really is very tempting!

  13. o have read my mind. I love seafood and haven't had some for a while....this looks super!
    My CNY?...Except talking with my mom on the phone a couple of times, nothing really was happening.

  14. I like this creamy butter sauce...I think that it will be nice to cook with fish fillets too...yum

  15. After having made prawns in so many preparations...I admit, this blend of ingredients hasn't had the pleasure of my fork ;o)

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Have a great week and flavourful wishes,

  16. i love the sauce Kristy! your prawns looks so delicious can't wait to get my hands on them haha!

  17. Prawns are my favourite too!! Your creamy buttered prawns really made me drooling...

  18. AWESOME!! bookmarked and got to make this. Kristy, big hug for sharing the recipe!

  19. Kristy, this is my husband's favourite dish but now you are making me drooling too.

  20. yumm, that looks delicious!!! I bought jumbo prawns at a farmers market 500g for 20 ringitts!!! , nearly gave me a heart attack!! , but they taste so good !! will give your recipe a try next time i get my hands on them

  21. Kristy, I can finish that all by myself .... but then must also think of my cholesterol.

  22. Totally love butter prawns! Must try your version one day :D

  23. This dish looks really delicious! I know my family will love it. Definitely easier to make than the one with the crispy topping.

  24. These prawns look so creamy they make me drool. Beautiful dish!

  25. I love the creaminess of the sauce you use with your prawns. I'm glad prices are heading back to normal levels. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  26. The butter prawns indeed look very buttery and so yummy, Kristy...! Great job as always :D)!

  27. Diane : Have to wait till you go back to France?!

    Divya : Thanks. I like the cream coating very much too.

    Gert : I think M'sian has very thick tongue. We love everything with heavy flavours. haha...

    Shirley : Lucky you! Again go makan for free. lol!

    Chris : Don't panic! Can stil have one or two prawns. :o)

    Ann : I know I know! You're the queen of prawns! haha...

    Alice : Yes, it is! Hope you can try it out someday.

    Ann : Mantou! I don't have anymore hands for mantou. haha...

    Claudia : I bet you will love these too!

    Juliana : Thanks! Hope you will like it.

    Elra : Definitely it is!

    Angie : Do you need to wait somemore? Btw, your mom send you anything during the festive season?

    Zoe : Yes, you're right. It goes great with any meat.

    Claudia : You're welcome. Hope you're love it.

    Jess : I thought you going to say..I love you, Kristy! haha...

    Hayley : Oh yes, I love the creamy coating as well.

    Veronica : Thank you! Hope your Quay Lo will like it too. haha...

    Jess : Then stopped drooling and make one for tonight's dinner! :o)

    Nammi : That must be very huge XXL prawns you got. I bought mine at RM9-14 for 500gm. But east coast seafood is very fresh and tasty. I think it still worth it.

    Cheah : haha... 3 is a mix for me!

    Jen : Hope you will like it dear and have fun!

    Biren : You mean the cereal flavour prawns, is it?

    Emily : Thanks a lot!

    Katerina : Hope you will try it some time.

    Shirley : Can you get nice big prawns at your local market?

    Mary : You can use this cream coating to make other meat dish too. It is really flavourful.

    Jhonny : Hope you will love it! Enjoy.

    Coking Gallery : Thank you so much!

    Thanks everyone for visiting and spending your time here with me. Hope you're all having a fabulous day.

    Blessings, Kristy

  28. i think this is slightly different from the ones that we usually have at the rest..with egg floss..but this looks very appetising with the creamy gravy..yum!

  29. Hi,

    I just knew your blog now and i'm amazed by the good stuff in here!!!

    I'll follow you so i don't miss a bit.



  30. Oh, I so want this...want a fabulous flavor arrangement and the creamy buttery sauce, Wow!

  31. Oh, I so want this...want a fabulous flavor arrangement and the creamy buttery sauce, Wow!

  32. Nothing could be more delicious than those creamy prawn!

  33. yummy !!!!! looking good , I love prawns .

  34. Kristy, I've never tried it this way before. The sauce sounds great! Espcially with lots of rice, yum :) I wish my kids liked prawns, all they want to do is play with the heads.

  35. Can I use evaporated milk instead of heavy cream?

  36. Emily, yes to your question. You can use evaporated milk as well but it takes longer time to thicken.
    Enjoy & have fun, dear.

  37. Thank you so much for the prompt advice.


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