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Syana’s Cereal Butter Prawns

‘Syana’s Cereal Butter Prawns’ … I chuckled as I put my name next to the recipe – as if I invented cereal butter prawn. I did not.

Cereal butter prawns is easy, guys. It takes just half an hour to be ready. Besides, like most asian recipes, you literally throw in whatever you’ve got in the pantry into that wok and voila, you get yourself a decent dish for dinner. I used to be one of those people who follow recipe measurement to the tee and would get easily pissed off if somebody shared a recipe without it. I mean…hellloooo….is that a recipe or your grocery list???!!

Thankfully, as years passed by, I’m starting to get the hang of this ‘throw-whatever-you-got-in-the-wok’ kind of cooking style. Best cooking tools are your sense of taste, smell and eyesight. That’s how our grandmothers become such a good cook. Am I right? Anyway, the idea to make cereal prawn popped in my mind when I was cleaning out my food container and saw an opened Nestum cereal pack  that I got for free when I bought Koko Crunch. That Nestum has been in my pantry for two years now. Ugghh..!!! Considering no body likes Nestum in this house, I was very tempted to throw it out but everybody knows throwing away a perfectly good food is a big no-no. So I got to come up with some ways of using it up – and cereal butter prawns is one of it.

Here’s something for you guys to keep in mind. Butter, curry leaves and bird’s eye chilli are soulmates made in heaven. Use it as a base for anything. A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G!!! Heat the butter, stir fry some curry leaves and bird’s eye chilli, add chopped garlic and cooked spaghetti, season with salt – voila! You just made Asian spaghetti. Again, heat the butter, stir fry some curry leaves and bird’s eye chilli, add fried prawn, toss in egg floss – voila! Chinese butter prawn is on the table. Easy, no-brainer meal in minutes.

Syana's Cereal Butter Prawns

Syana’s Cereal Butter Prawns

I haven’t tried substituting Nestum with crushed corn flakes. Although I don’t see why it wouldn’t work but NEVER substitute Nestum with oats. Oats absorb oil. How tempted you are to make this recipe ‘healthier’, substituting Nestum with oats equals disaster, you’ll end up with soggy, clumps of oat in your wok. Nuh-uh! As for the milk powder, the idea behind it is to introduce some creaminess into the mix without adding any liquid in, you can substitute it with some creamer powder like Coffee-Mate or something. You can leave it out all together if you want. Now, for the prawns.

Syana's Cereal Butter Prawns

Best eaten with rice. Ummph!!

Typically for a cereal butter prawn recipe, one would dip the prawns in a batter and deep fried them in a lot of oil – to further enhance the ‘crisp’ factor of this recipe, which is what I did for this post. However, if you don’t mind sacrificing a little ‘crisp’ for a healthier version of cereal butter prawn, you can opt to boil, grill or bake them in the oven. Frankly, as long as you cook the prawns before tossing them in the cereal mix, you’re good to go.

Need ideas on how to use-up your remaining curry leaves? Use them to enhance the taste of curry in Soft Roti Jala with Delicious Chicken Curry recipe.

Happy cooking guys!

Syana's Cereal Butter Prawns

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Serves: 3-4 servings Cooking Time: 25 minutes


  • Deep fried batter
  • 2 tbs beaten egg
  • 2 tbs corn flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Other ingredients
  • 10 extra large or large prawns (shell on, trimmed and deveined, washed and pat dry with kitchen towel)
  • 40g (1/2 cup) Nestum cereal
  • 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
  • 9g (1 1/2 tsp) sugar or to taste
  • 7g (1 1/2 tsp) milk powder
  • 28g (2 tbs) salted or unsalted butter
  • 15-20 pieces of curry leaves (washed and pat dry with kitchen towel)
  • 2 pieces of bird's eye chilli (adjust to how spicy you like your food)


Deep fried batter


Combine salt and corn flour in a shallow bowl or plate.


Coat prawns with the beaten egg. Then dredge the prawns in the corn flour mixture. Deep fried the prawn in 170ºC-180ºC oil for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not over cooked. Set aside.

Cereal Butter Prawn


In a bowl, combine Nestum cereal, salt, sugar and milk powder. Set aside.


In a wok, on a medium low heat, melt butter. When all butter is melted and starts to foam, add curry leaves and chilli. Stir fry until the curry leaves starts to fragrance.


Turn the heat to low, add cereal mix into the wok and stir until all cereal is coated with butter for 10-15 seconds. Turn off the heat, taste - adjust the salt and sugar if necessary. Turn the heat back on low and add the prawns. Stir for another few seconds until the cereal coats the prawns. Turn off the heat and immediately transfer to a serving plate.


Always use low heat after you add the cereal into the wok. If your wok's heat retention is good, you may want to consider turning off the heat all together because the cereal can burn easily. That's also why it is important to immediately transfer everything onto a serving plate once you're done. The heat from the wok will continue cooking the cereal even when the heat is off.


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