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Butter Egg Floss Prawns

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This recipe for Malaysian egg floss prawns is a real treat!

While in Kuala Lumper earlier this year, I tried so many new dishes: Things I didn’t even know existed! Malaysian egg floss prawns was one of those dishes. Caroline and I tried them at the hotel we were staying at and I just had to get the recipe. Luckily, the chef was a great guy and showed me how it was done. 

Malaysian butter egg floss prawns

This recipe is easier than it might look.

About this recipe for butter egg floss prawns… 

As mentioned above, I simply ordered this dish one evening not having a clue what it was. When the buttery prawns were brought to our table, I didn’t have a clue what it was.

I took a bite and the flavours and textures were amazing. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before.

It turned out the the flossy yellow on top was made with eggs but again, I didn’t have a clue how it was done. Now I do and if you read on, you can make this Malaysian classic too.

How difficult is it to make butter egg floss prawns?

It’s really easy. You just need to swirl some butter around in a pan and add sieved egg yolks.

By doing this, the egg yolks take on a floss-like appearance. Incredible really!

Are butter egg floss prawns bad for you?

Let’s just say they aren’t like eating an apple. They probably aren’t great for you but they are a real treat for those times you just don’t care how healthy your food is.

One good thing is that most of the butter gets poured away. It isn’t eaten.

The butter serve a purpose which is to flavour the prawns and floss and then you discard what isn’t used.

Can I work ahead?

You can collect all of the ingredients together and clean your prawns.

That’s most of the work done right there. I do, however recommend that you prepare the flossy bit right before serving. You want these prawns to be good and hot.

What does the egg floss taste like?

It sure doesn’t taste like egg! The egg yolks take on the flavours of what they are cooked in. 

So the floss is buttery, a bit sweet, spicy and savoury. 

Not only that, as the egg floss dries, it takes on a crispy texture that is so good.

Photos of hot butter prawns with egg floss…

Ingredients for butter prawns with egg floss

Get all of your ingredients together before you start cooking. You’ll need them to hand.

Putting egg yolks through a sieve.

Pass the egg yolks through a fine sieve. set aside. It is best to sieve the egg yolks into a container with a spout so that it is easier to pour.

Coating the prawns with flour.

Cover the prawns with the flour and shake off any excess flour.

Frying prawns

Fry the prawns twice. First time for about a minute. Then again to make them crispy.

Fried prawns

After the second frying, they will look nice and crispy like this.

Melting butter into oil in the pan

Heat the butter and oil over a medium heat.

For best results…

Use a wok or a high sided pan. You will be able to get the butter flowing in one directly easier if there is a bit of depth to it.

Adding egg yolk to the the butter and oil mixture.

Once the butter has melted, start stirring in one directly. Then begin adding the egg yolk in a thin stream.

Stirring curry leaves and chillies into the egg yolk mixture.

Add the curry leaves and chilies to the flossed egg yolk. Continue stirring in one direction.

Adding the prawns to the butter floss.

Last but not least, add the prawns to heat them through in the hot butter.

Running the butter mixture through a fine sieve.

Pour it all through a sieve. The butter and oil mixture can be discarded. Shake a bit so all of the oil and ghee run through the sieve.

Plating up the meal.

Take out the prawns and place them on a bed of rice.

Finished butter egg floss prawns

Cover with more of the egg floss mixture.

butter egg floss prawns

Dig in! This is a good one!

You might also like to try some of these Malaysian favourites…

Sambal Oelek – This easy to make hot sauce goes so well as a side dish to these butter egg floss prawns!
Kari Ayam – There are many delicious curries from Malaysia. This chicken curry is one of my favourites.
Chicken with sambal matah – Looking for a delicious chicken snack? This is one you’ve got to try.
Ikan Bakar – Fried fish in sambal wrapped in a banana leaf.
Ayam Masak Merah – This bright red chicken curry is amazing! Give it a try.
Chicken Devil Curry – One of the most famous Malaysian chicken curries.

You should also give some of these a go!

Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore share a lot of popular recipes but put their own touch on them. Head on over to my Indonesian recipes section for even more deliciousness!

Nasi Goreng
Chicken Kapitan
Mee Goreng
Blackened Grilled Fish
Seafood Laksa
Chicken Rendang
Beef Rendang

Yield: 4

Butter Egg Floss Prawns

butter egg floss prawns
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 12 jumbo prawns, trimmed, peeled and deveined
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp cornflour (corn starch)
  • 625ml (2 ½ cups) rapeseed (canola) oil
  • 7 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 150g (5.25oz) unsalted butter
  • 5 red bird’s eye chillies, thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 20 - 30 fresh or frozen curry leaves
  • ½ tsp Chinese chicken stock granules (contains MSG, optional)


  1. Place the prawns in a mixing bowl and season with the salt. Pour in the cornflour and rub, evenly it all over the prawns. Set aside.
  2. Now heat 500ml (2 cups) rapeseed (canola) oil in a large wok over a high heat. The oil is ready for cooking when thousands of little bubbles form immediately when a wooden chopstick or spatula is dipped in.
  3. Shake off any excess cornflour and fry half of the prawns in the oil until they turn pink. This will only take about a minute. Transfer to a wire rack and repeat with the remaining prawns.
  4. With all or the prawns par-cooked, again, ensure the oil is still bubbly hot enough by testing it with a wooden chopstick or spatula and then fry the prawns again for another minute or until cooked through. Transfer them all back to the rack and set aside.
  5. Pour your beaten egg yolks through a fine sieve into a jug, preferably one with a small spout and set aside.
  6. Discard the dirty cooking oil from your wok and wipe it clean. Then add the remaining oil and the butter. Melt the butter into the oil over a low to medium heat. Once the butter has melted, start stirring in one direction.
  7. When the butter and oil begin to bubble slightly and you have a steady current going in one direction, begin pouring in the egg yolk in a thin stream from a height of about 1 foot while continuing to stir in one direction.
  8. Once you have added all the egg yolk, continue stirring and when the butter and oil turn foamy, add the sliced red chillies, garlic and the curry leaves. Fry, while continuing to stir for about a minute and then add the prawns. Keep stirring!
  9. Add the Chinese chicken granules, if using and keep up the stirring for another 30 seconds and then pour it all through a fine sieve. Allow the excess oil to drip through the sieve for a minute or so. You can discard the oil/butter mixture.
  10. Serve the prawns topped with all the other ingredients in your sieve over rice or simply on a serving platter or banana leaf. Don’t throw anything out. Pile the prawns high with all that amazing floss and other fried goodies you’ve prepared.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 485mgSodium: 1520mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g

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