Cucumber and prawn stir-fry

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A quick and easy dish of rice noodles with stir-fry cucumber and prawns. The taste is refreshing, light and flavoured with sesame oil.
A quick and easy dish of rice noodles with stir-fry cucumber and prawns. The taste is refreshing, light and flavoured with sesame oil.
  • Serves: 4-6

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

Woman's Weekly recipe This quick and easy stir-fry is a new way to serve your family a healthy meal for under 500 calories. Soy sauce, Chinese wine and sesame oil give the dish extra flavour


  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp oil (groundnut or sunflower)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp freshly grated root ginger
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed and chopped
  • About 400g (14oz) mixed fish and prawns (we used 320g pack fish pie mix and 90g/3oz raw prawns)
  • 2 tbs light soy sauce
  • 2 tbs Chinese wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tbs sweet chilli sauce (we like Blue Dragon)
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
To serve:
  • 250g (8oz) rice noodles, rehydrated according to pack directions
  • Coriander, to garnish, optional

Instead of prawns, you can make this with diced chicken.


  1. Peel the cucumber, halve it lengthways and take out the seeds, using a teaspoon. Cut the cucumber halves into 1cm (½in) slices, sprinkle them with the salt. Put them into a colander and leave to drain for 20 mins (to remove excess moisture).
  2. Rinse the cucumber slices in running water quickly and blot them dry in a tea towel or with kitchen paper.
  3. Heat a wok or large frying pan until very hot. Add 2 tsp of the oil and, when hot, add the cucumber and stir-fry for a few mins until beginning to brown. Tip into a serving dish and keep it warm.
  4. Add the rest of the oil with the garlic, ginger and spring onions, stir-fry for 30 secs, then add the fish and prawns and stir-fry for a min. Add the soy sauce, wine, chilli sauce and sesame oil and cook for a min, stirring carefully to avoid breaking up the fish. Add to the cooked cucumber.
  5. Serve with the noodles and garnish with coriander, if you like.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 462(kcal)
  • Fat 7.0g
  • Saturates 1.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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