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Australian Travel Recipes: Stir Fried Yabbies

  • Posted by Julian Bradder
  • July 14, 2011 2:52 AM AEST

I was lucky enough to taste this dish at a small family owned place not far from Eighty Mile Beach in North Western Australia. Translating Australian to English, a Yabbie is a crayfish. If you can't get hold of Yabbie then tiger prawns will make a great alternative. This dish, no doubt inpsired by Eastern cooking is delicious and takes little time to prepare.

The ingredients you'll need

1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 teasp Sesame Oil
50g/2oz fresh Root Ginger, cut into very thin strips
2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
5 Shallots, sliced
240ml/8fl.oz. Fish Stock
1 teasp Oyster Sauce
1 teasp Hoisin Sauce
1/2 teasp Sugar
2 teasp cornflour (mixed with 1 tbsp cold water)
900g/2lb Cooked Yabbies or Tiger prawns, shelled
1 Fresh Chilli, very thinly sliced


To prepare this Australian Dish simply:-


1. Heat the oils in a large saucepan or wok until very hot, add the ginger, garlic and shallots and stir fry 2 minutes.

2. Add the stock, sauces and sugar, stir well, cover and cook over medium heat 5 minutes.

3. Add cornflour mixture, stirring constantly and cook for 1-2 minutes, until sauce thickens.

4. Add the Yabbies, stir well and cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Serve immediately garnished with the thinly sliced chilli.

A few facts about the Aussie Yabbie:-

Yabbies are common throughout Victoria and New South Wales, although the species also occurs in southern Queensland, South Australia and parts of the Northern Territory, making it the most widespread Australian crayfish.It has been introduced to Western Australia, where it is an invasive species and poses a threat to other Cherax crayfish species native to the region, such as gilgies (Cherax quinquecarinatus).

Yabbies are found in swamps, streams, rivers, reservoirs and farm dams at low to medium elevations. It appears yabbies were largely restricted to lower altitude habitats in inland areas of south-eastern Australia including the Murray-Darling Basin before European settlement, with the Euastacus spiny crayfish species found in higher altitude habitats and the coastal river systems. High altitude yabby populations in Lakes Eucumbene and Jindabyne, which are on the upper reaches of the coastal Snowy River system, are unusual and may be translocated.