Fiery Prawns On Wonton Crisps

by | Feb 25, 2014 | 16 comments

Fiery Prawns On Wonton Crisps - Cook Republic  

We had a dark and wet dungeon in the middle of our vegetable and fruit market in the little lake suburb I lived in back in India.  At least, that is what I thought it was when I was a little girl nimbly climbing down the massive wet stone steps into what seemed like a dark and very smelly (and noisy) space. To a seemingly unassuming and harried adult (like my dad), it was simply the fish market. 


Fiery Prawns On Wonton Crisps - Cook Republic 

 One of our favourite things to buy (besides the Bombay duck which was actually a fish!) was prawns. They only sold shrimps. Once cleaned and peeled, they were practically the size of plump soaked chickpeas. And the masala stir-fry my mum made with them after laboriously cleaning them all afternoon was absolutely delicious. 


Fiery Prawns On Wonton Crisps - Cook Republic 


Fiery Prawns On Wonton Crisps - Cook Republic

When I buy frozen cooked and peeled prawns for my canapés, it reminds me of those tiny crustaceans I used to love when I was little. Tiny cooked and peeled prawns are so versatile and you can do so much, so quickly with them. For ELLE magazine’s Christmas issue, I made these gorgeous spicy prawn canapés on crisp oven baked discs made from wonton skins. This is a very progressive recipe. You could make the crisps and store them in an air-tight container for a couple of days. You could top the crisps with a chicken, tofu or chopped up veggie mix tossed in the same spicy sauce for a great variation. Or you could go with plump chickpeas for a lovely protein packed topping. So many possibilities. 

The other recipes I created for the feature were Petit Matcha Teacakes (so moist and scrumptious!) and the Very Festive Punch (a real stunner!). Enjoy the eye candy and have a great day. x


ELLE Christmas Feature - Photography and Styling, Sneh Roy


Petite Matcha Teacakes - Photo & Styling, Sneh Roy.


Matcha Teacakes In Egg Cartons - Sneh Roy, photo and styling


Very Festive Punch - Cook Republic


Festive Party - Sneh Roy, photo & styling


Punch - Cook Republic | Sneh Roy, photo


Fruit Punch - Cook Republic


Fruit Punch - Cook Republic






A crowd pleasing crispy canapé made with wonton skins cut with cookie cutters and oven baked. Topped with a fiery prawn stir-fry.

Serves – 8-10



450g cooked, peeled and frozen prawns
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon raw sugar
1 tablespoon fish sauce
salt to taste
handful of freshly chopped coriander to serve
snow pea sprouts to serve
garlic infused olive oil to drizzle
sweet chili sauce to serve
16 wonton wrappers



Pre-heat oven to 180C. Line a large baking sheet with baking paper. Using a 7cm round or fluted cookie cutter, cut out rounds from the wonton wrappers. Place these wonton rounds on the prepared tray. Spray lightly with cooking oil and bake in the oven for 4-6 minutes until crisp and golden. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Place frozen prawns in a microwaveable bowl and microwave on high for a minute. Drain the ice and water. Pat dry and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a small frying pan on medium-high. Sauté the garlic for a few seconds. Add the prawns, chili flakes, paprika, sugar and fish sauce. Sauté for a few minutes, stirring constantly till the prawns become bright orange and are cooked.

To serve canapés, place wonton crisps on a large platter or cheese board. Place a couple of prawns on each crisp. Top with fresh coriander and snow pea sprouts. Drizzle with garlic olive oil. Serve with sweet chili sauce on the side.




Note – This recipe first appeared in the December 2013 issue of ELLE Australia.




I love creating easy, vibrant, fresh, everyday recipes and taking gorgeous photos of the food I cook. I have been blogging for 15 years and I have also written a book with over 100 new recipes. If you make a recipe from the blog, Tag @cookrepublic on Instagram. I would love to see!


  1. Jennifer @ Delicious Everyday

    Wow, stunning photos Sneh!!! They are all so gorgeous! I’ll have to try the wonton crisp idea as they look fabulous.

  2. Francesca

    Eye candy indeed!!!! A handy little canape to remember but I want those cakes so lovingly styled in the egg cartons.

  3. Olivia Oyster

    Looks amazing – I love prawns! Any chance we can get the recipe for the punch too?

  4. zaazaa

    Whoa! love your photography a lot. The fiery prawn is fierce!

  5. Rosa

    Lovely canapés and great party food!



  6. Belinda@themoonblushbaker

    I can not argue with party food; especially as ones as temping as this. I can not get over how perfect your photography is! you can make even dark, musty green pop!

    • Sneh

      ha ha cheers Belinda!

  7. Coco in the Kitchen

    Sounds delicious, looks gorgeous. You have a great eye, Sneh.

    • Sneh

      thanks Colette! Hope you are well 🙂 x

  8. Poppy

    What beautiful photos and delicious recipe! Prawn fan that I am, this definitely goes on my must try recipes list 🙂

  9. saucy gander

    Love the idea of using wonton skins!

  10. Padaek

    They look delicious Sneh and the matcha teacakes and punch looks very good too! Beautiful photos as per usual. I just looked up Bombay duck – wow! – what an incredible looking fish – looks so fierce but probably tastes amazing? Great post. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Amanda @ Gourmanda

    Oh delicious, I love prawns (and wontons!) and this is a yummy bite-sized treat. 🙂 I have to say – I love the other pieces this month as well – the teacakes in the egg carton are just adorable!

  12. Jennifer Facts

    Great idea. I have not really tried to cook prawns in my whole life. The pictures are what sold it for me. Going to pick up the ingredients tomorrow at the store. Wish me luck!



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