Vegan Prawns Recipe – DIY From Rice

Yields: 2 Servings Difficulty: Medium Prep Time: 20 Mins Cook Time: 30 Mins Total Time: 50 Mins

Before I became vegan, prawns were one of my favourite things to eat. Some of the dishes that I like the most now still call for the use of prawns. If you live somewhere where there are vegan prawns available on the market, good job! If not, I’ve got your back. This vegan prawns recipe teaches you how to make them from scratch with some simple ingredients.

A couple of tips:

  1. If you like your prawns to have a strong fishy taste, you can use kombu broth instead of water when cooking the rice. But then reduce the amount of dashi powder.
  2. If you want super tasty prawns you can also add white pepper, garlic powder, and/or onion powder.
  3. Tomato paste produces a most intense red colour than tomato sauce.
  4. Depending on your blender, you can blend the rice very fine or quite rough for different textures.
  5. When moulding the prawns, it helps to oil your fingertips before each prawn. The paste is very sticky!
  6. Baking parchment helps keep the prawns happy after moulding.
  7. I used paprika solution for the colouring. You can use any orange/red colouring you like such as red yeast flour or annatto.
  8. If you don’t have a steamer, you can also boil the prawns. Use a gentle simmer instead of a rolling boil.

Now, these prawns are made of rice, so they are actually quite filling! Even with my eating skills, I couldn’t eat a hundred of these at once. I think a good portion is about 3 per person if used in a side dish.

Thank you to sweetasvegan for the original idea. I hope you like this vegan prawns recipe! I’ve used them in Noodle-Wrapped Prawns (面线虾) and Vegan Yum Som-o (Thai Pomelo Salad).

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0/11 Ingredients
Adjust Servings
    For Rice
  • Other Ingredients
  • For Colouring


0/7 Instructions
  • Mix all the ingredients under "For Rice" and cook on low heat.
  • When the rice has absorbed all the water, leave it to cool a little bit.
  • Blend into a mushy paste.
  • Add the rice flour and tapioca starch and mix well.
  • Form little prawn-like shapes with your fingers. If you like, you can make a slit on the back to be more realistic.
  • Dissolve some sweet paprika with hot water and dab it on the prawns to make it look fancy.
  • Steam 20 minutes.


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