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Tomato Chilli Prawns (Chinese New Year)

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There are many traditional dishes cooked during the Chinese New Year season. Many Chinese families like to cook prawns/shrimps, as the pronunciation of prawns in Cantonese is “ha” – much like “laughter”, that is associated with the idea of happiness and joy.

So prawns have been a must-have on a traditional Chinese New Year celebration menu.

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My mum used to make a very simple and quick dish, stir-fried prawns with tomato sauce or ketchup that I love the most. Based on my mum’s cooking way, I tweaked it a bit by adding an amazing kick to this dish with Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, since my kid has grown up, getting love to have hot foods more and more.

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If you have young kids at home, you just skip the chilli sauce, or vice versa, add more if you want it hot to your liking.

Hope all of you a happy New Year!

Tomato Chilli Prawns Recipe

(Printable recipe)

Course: Seafood
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep time:
Cook time:
Yield: 2 to 3 serves

Tomato Chilli Prawns

  • 15 medium prawns/shrimps
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 5 Tbsp diced tomato (fresh or canned)
  • salt, to taste

Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce

  1. Devein the prawns, rinse and wipe dry with kitchen paper. Season with salt.
  2. Use a little bowl to mix the seasoning well. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a wok. Saute garlic over medium-high heat until fragrant. Toss in the prawns and stir fry till they are half way cooked, because you don’t want to over cook them. Pour in the seasonings. Continue to cook with stirring consistently, until the sugar is completely melted. Add the diced tomato. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 1 minute. When the sauce dries up a bit, dish up. Serve hot.

  • As this dish is created for Chinese New Year, I deliberately retain the heads and tails of the prawns, resembling the meaning of “wholeness” and “completeness”.
  • For convenience, you can peel the prawns with the tail shell left intact if you like. That would help the prawns absorb the sauce up more.


  1. I love the heads and tails anyway? I always leave it on.... Gong Xi FA Cai!

  2. Happy New year to you and your family!

  3. 过年好!
    The prawns look very delicious!

  4. These prawns look great! Love the sriracha!

  5. Your prawns look amazing, an excellent idea to add Sriracha! Happy Chinese New Year!

  6. Lovely prawn dish for CNY! Happy new year, Christine!

  7. Sriracha is one of my fave chilli sauces. this is a great dish for CNY, and any day! happy Rabbit year!

  8. Love to enjoy whole prawns but I have to go shopping at the Asian grocery stores to get those.

  9. Happy Chinese New Year my dear friend! I have to tell you - my Mum has a ketchup prawn recipe too - Asian style like yours but yours looks better... shhhh... don't tell her! :)

  10. These prawns look delicious. I can't wait to try them!