Indonesian Gado Gado Salad With Crunchy Tiger Prawns

Recipe c/o The Watercress Company or Watercress recipe Photography by Lara Jane Thorpe.

Indonesian Gado Gado Salad With Crunchy Tiger Prawns And Selada Air (Watercress).

Indonesian Gado Gado Salad With Crunchy Tiger Prawns And Selada Air (Watercress).

Hello friends. So how are you today?

Happy Saturday.

So do you fancy making an Indonesian Gado Gado Salad with Crunchy Tiger Prawns and Selada Air (watercress)?

Indonesian Gado Gado Salad With Crunchy Tiger Prawns And Selada Air (Watercress).

How To Make An Indonesian Gado Gado Salad With Crunchy Tiger Prawns And Selada Air (Watercress):

This typical Indonesian street food staple combines a delicious spicy peanut sauce with fresh, crunchy ingredients including plenty of watercress which is known in Indonesia as selada air. 

This recipe suggests topping with crunchy bread-crumbed tiger prawns, but you could easily substitute with pan-fried tofu or salmon fillets.

Serves 2

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes


1 x 85g bag watercress

200g cooked new potatoes

6 tiger prawns, tails left on, but head and legs removed

3 free range eggs

A little plain flour

75g Japanese breadcrumbs (penko)

1 large tomato, sliced

1 small handful radishes, cut into quarters

½ a small cucumber, sliced

½ a bunch of coriander, roughly chopped

1 handful of beansprouts, washed

500ml vegetable oil for frying

 For The Peanut Sauce:

25g soft dark brown sugar

1 tsp light soy sauce or tamari

75g peanut butter

1 tsp fish sauce

Juice of one lime

1 red chilli


1.) Bring a small pan of water to the boil.  Place in two of the eggs and simmer for 6 minutes 30 seconds for soft boiled, or for 10 minutes for hard boiled.  Once the eggs are cooked, carefully pour off the boiling water and fill the pan with cold water to cool them down.  Once cooled, peel and cut in half.  Set aside until ready to serve.

2.) Next take three small bowls.  Crack the remaining egg into one, then whisk for a few seconds until scrambled.  Add the plain flour and breadcrumbs into the other two bowls.  Breadcrumb the prawns by dipping each one first into the flour, then into the egg, then into the breadcrumbs.  Keep the breaded prawns in the fridge until you are nearly ready to serve the salad.

3.) Make the sauce by blending all the ingredients together.  Taste and adjust by adding more lime juice and soy sauce if necessary.  The sauce should taste beautifully zingy with a fire coming through from the chilli and a hint of saltiness.  Remember the sauce will be spread throughout the salad so you need to make sure it has lots of flavour.

4.) Add the vegetable oil into a frying pan and heat to 180°C.  If you don’t have a temperature probe you can test the temperature of the oil by dropping in a couple of breadcrumbs.  If they sizzle and float on the surface of the oil then it is hot enough for frying.  Carefully drop in the bread-crumbed prawns and use a metal slatted spoon or fish slice to keep them moving until they are a beautiful golden brown.  Remove from the oil, drain on kitchen towel and sprinkle over some sea salt.


Assemble your beautiful salad by piling up the watercress in a large bowl before taking a little of everything and arranging neatly on top. 

Add on the fried prawns and drizzle over the lovely peanut sauce.  Serve and enjoy!

Indonesian Gado Gado Salad With Crunchy Tiger Prawns And Selada Air (Watercress).
Indonesian Gado Gado Salad With Crunchy Tiger Prawns And Selada Air (Watercress)

Indonesian Gado Gado Salad With Crunchy Tiger Prawns And Selada Air (Watercress).

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Keri Astill-Frew

So what do you think of this Indonesian Gado Gado Salad With Crunchy Tiger Prawns And Selada Air (Watercress) recipe?

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These recipes were created by development chef Keri Astill-Frew. 

Keri has worked in top restaurants across the UK including a Michelin star hotel in Lancashire and a variety of fine dining restaurants and gastro-pubs in Dorset and Sussex. 

She is passionate about watercress, both as an ingredient and for its fantastic health benefits and is devoted to developing new and delicious ways for you to incorporate more of it into your diet.  

For more information and many more recipes please visit The Watercress Company or Watercress.

Recipe Photography Credits: Lara Jane Thorpe

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  1. ruth
    6 June 2018 / 16:41

    Oh yum. This does look tasty 🙂

    • Claire
      7 June 2018 / 07:40

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Morgan Prince
    4 June 2018 / 18:36

    This looks so tasty, and healthy too! A winner!

    • Claire
      5 June 2018 / 05:35

      Thanks for hopping over Morgan 🙂

  3. passion fruit, paws and peonies
    4 June 2018 / 16:50

    I will give this recipe a go it looks wonderful! My daughter would also like it so I’ll send the link to her too. I might need more prawns though – only because I’m a bit greedy!! xx

    • Claire
      5 June 2018 / 05:32

      Thanks for the comment Maria, whoo I do love prawns too 🙂

  4. 4 June 2018 / 11:25

    It looks so good – I’d love to have a taste. #MMBC

    • Claire
      5 June 2018 / 05:28

      Hi Carol,thanks for hopping over 🙂

  5. Pinkiebag
    4 June 2018 / 11:35

    Oh I e not heard of this dish before but it looks delicious and one to try #mmbc

    • Claire
      5 June 2018 / 05:30

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  6. mummabstylish
    3 June 2018 / 17:18

    Something I’ve not heard of Claire, but it sounds very interesting and looks even better. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Claire
      4 June 2018 / 10:37

      Thanks for stopping by Jacqui 🙂

  7. 2 June 2018 / 20:20

    I love gado gado, although it’s totally different here in the Netherlands! And so is Chinese food.

    • Claire
      3 June 2018 / 07:52

      Thanks for stopping by Nancy 🙂