Prawns and Onion Sauce Recipe

prawns and onion sauce

Prawns and Onion Sauce Recipe

I almost called this a faux XO sauce. It’s a good thing I didn’t. This prawns and onion condiment is so delicious I almost at it all by itself. Its sticky, funky, saltiness flavours makes it hard not to add to everything. Like in XO sauce, I too used dried prawns here along with onions that are caramelized till they’ve mutated into the most delicious dark sticky sweet mass. I’m not aroused, I promise. A little bit of this and a little bit of that, a little cooking here a little mixing there – and then you have this jar of deep dark delicious goodness. I’m over selling. I’ll stop now. Last thing. You can use this as a condiment with any Asian dishes (or boring takeout dinners), even add it to stir fries for extra flavour and of course, eggs.


Dried prawns – 1 tbsp

Onion – 1 medium chopped

Soy sauce – 2 tsp

Sesame oil – 2 tsp

Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp

Chilli flakes – 2 tsp

Garlic – 3 big cloves minced

Sugar – 1/2 tsp

Almonds – 1 tbsp crushed

Sesame seeds – 1 tsp

Salt – 1/2 tsp


Heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan and cook the onions down till it has caramelized well and has turned sticky and golden brown.

Now add the prawns, almonds, garlic, soy sauce, sesame seeds, sugar, salt and chilli flakes.

Cook on low flame till they’re combined well, say about 5-7 mins.

Take it off the heat and let it cool down.

Stir in the sesame oil and transfer to a jar.

This makes about 1/2 cup worth of sauce.

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