Keropok: Prawn crackers

Keropok: Prawn crackers

Today we will show you how to make prawn crackers or Keropok, a typical snack of Malaysian, Chinese and Indonesian food.

These delicious discs made from cassava are ideal to enjoy as a snack, they are easy to prepare and we want to share the recipe with you now!


  • 500 grams of shrimps or prawns, peeled, deveined and without head
  • 500 grams of cassava flour
  • Garlic, pepper and other spices to taste
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Yeast (optional)


  1. Process the shrimp in a food processor until you get a fine paste. Then add the tapioca flour and continue processing until a thick paste forms.
  2. Add the salt, any other spices you want to add and mix well. You can add a little cayenne pepper if you want them spicy. If you prefer them to puff up more when frying, add a little yeast.
  3. Check the texture of the dough, add water or tapioca flour until you get a smooth dough. Form the dough into two rolls and place them on aluminum foil inside a bamboo steamer.
  4. Steam for about an hour, once the color and texture of the dough changes, remove from the steamer and allow to cool.
  5. Cut the buns into thin slices using a sharp knife, dry the slices in the sun and cover with a mesh cloth if you prefer. Once they are completely dry, you can fry the slices.
  6. Add enough oil to a frying pan over medium-high heat and once hot, dip the slices into the oil, they will be ready once they float and expand.
  7. Remove the shrimp rolls from the pan and place them on kitchen towels or paper towels to absorb the oil.


  • You can store the remaining completely dehydrated discs in a jar for months until you want to fry them.
  • You can place the shrimp bread on banana leaves or aluminum foil inside the steamer.
  • To dry the slices you can also use a dehydrator or a low temperature oven. They will shrink into small hard discs.
  • You can help the process by dipping the slices in oil so that they expand fully. Otherwise, they may remain dry and hard.
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