Dublin Bay Scampi Recipe from Matt the Thresher – #DubPubDishes

Anyone who has had the opportunity to eat out in Dublin pubs over the last couple of years will see just how much the quality of food on offer has grown. There are now dishes available in Dublin pubs which are as delicious and as beautifully prepared as any meal on offer in the city. Dublin pubs are using the highest quality ingredients to produce vibrant dishes to reflect the palate of modern Dublin. In this series the Licensed Vintners Association is sharing a small selection of these amazing meals. Just a taster of the great food you can find in pubs throughout Dublin. #DubPubDishes

About the Dish

The essence of this dish lies in two key elements. Firstly the freshness of the scampi itself. We buy direct from Clogherhead fishermen and when you shop you need to look for glistening produce. It literally needs to shine brightly and smell sweet, like the sea. The other key element is the batter. We have developed this recipe over time and it really is crispy, light and allows the scampi to shine through. Like eating a sea breeze, only sweeter.  


180g Dublin Bay prawns

75g corn flour

75g plain flour

1 egg, lightly beaten

188ml cold soda water

Cooking method

  • Sift flour together in a medium bowl.
  • Add egg and soda water.
  • Mix until combined.
  • Allow batter to stand for a few minutes.
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan. 
  • Holding prawns by tail, dip in the batter and allow to drain away.
  • Deep fry prawn until batter is very lightly browned and prawns have turned pink and are cooked through.  

Matt the Thresher

Matt the Thresher is a bright stylish bar and seafood restaurant located in the city centre, within the heart of Georgian Dublin, between Fitzwilliam Square and Merrion Square only a short stroll from St. Stephens Green. They specialise in fresh wild Irish seafood but we have an extensive menu with something to suit all requirements. Matt’s has a grand bar boasting a full range of local and international beers & whiskeys, a fine cocktail menu along with a well-sourced comprehensive wine list.



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