Karumba Prawn and Chilli Scram with Prawn Head Oil

Karumba Prawn and Chilli Scram with Prawn Head Oil



Recreate former MasterChef contestant Derek Lau's delicious Karumba Prawn Chili Scram dish!





  • 200g Karumba Banana Prawns (already de-shelled and de-veined)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tbsp sriracha (or more if u desire extra heat) plus extra for serving
  • 10g butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 chilli, seeds removed and diced
  • 1 tbsp chives, finely diced plus extra for serving
  • Salt
  • Olive oil


  • Reserved heads and shells from approximately 1kg prawns
  • ½ cup neutral oil
  • ½ onion
  • 1 bulb garlic, crushed
  • 2 inches ginger, sliced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste



  1. Crack eggs into a saucepan. Using a spatula break up the eggs and continue to work them in a circular motion over the low heat. After it has started to come together, add in the butter and sriracha. Stir continuously making sure that you are scraping the bottom.
  2. Regulate the pan by moving back and forth on top of the heat. When the eggs have almost come together, add back in the prawns, then the salt and pepper, chives and chilli. Serve on top of toasted bread and garnish with extra chives and a drizzle of the prawn head oil (from below).



  1. For the prawn oil, heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat and add the onion, salt, garlic, ginger and the prawn heads and shells. Stir until the heads and shells are bright orange and fragrant.
  2. Add the remaining oil and cook over very low heat, uncovered, for a further 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour the oil through a fine sieve to remove any solids. You should be left with just over a quarter of a cup of prawn oil.
  3. You won’t need all of the oil, so set aside and store the rest in a jar until required.


To serve: layer the eggs on top of toasted sourdough and drizzle with oil. Serve with feta, lime and coriander. Enjoy!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Serves: 2