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Beer-steamed Prawns

Beer Steamed Prawns

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This recipe is courtesy of my sis Amelia, and showcase easy cooking at its best with only four ingredients – prawns, ginger, beer and salt.  This is a family favourite recipe of hers, and it is so easy that she can describe the steps in just a few SMSes.

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With so few ingredients, the goodness of the prawns really shines through so buy the freshest prawns that your money can buy for this dish! For me, fresh prawns are found at the wet market. The dish is quick cooking too, as I steamed them for only about 4 minutes and they are ready to serve. For best results, prawns are steamed with shells on so the only “troublesome” aspect of this recipe will be to devein the prawns by making a small incision towards the back of the prawn and then using a tooth pick to find & pull out the veins. The results will be well worth your effort :)

Beer Steamed Prawns

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17 Responses to “Beer-steamed Prawns”

  1. LCOM — September 28, 2012 @ 1:23 am

    Easy and delicious! Wish I have fresh prawns here, not sure whether it works on frozen shrimps?


  2. MaryMoh — September 28, 2012 @ 1:56 am

    Ooooh…boozy prawns. I can eat a big bowl! :D


  3. tigerfish — September 28, 2012 @ 2:53 am

    I am not sure if 8 large prawns are enough for me! “鲜”到我吃不够.

    Love the 4-ingredients recipe and how easy it is to make. But like LCOM, I wish we had such easy availability of fresh prawns over here.


  4. Stephanie — October 1, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    Oh wow this sounds sooo good! I love when seafood is super fresh and prepared very simply.


  5. Foodlover — October 1, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    Hi there! Just wanna knw where u get that Tiger Crystal.


    • wiffy replied: — October 1st, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

      Hi, I bought them at Cold Storage, Singapore.


  6. Angie@Angie's Recipes — October 2, 2012 @ 2:11 am

    These giant prawns look so fresh! Love the idea of cooking them with beer.


  7. Tan — October 5, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    I tested this recipe yesterday night. I found the beer creates bitterness.


    • wiffy replied: — October 5th, 2012 @ 10:47 am

      Thanks for your feedback, may I ask what beer you use?


      • Tan replied: — October 7th, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

        I used Kirin beer. Will try the tiger beer next time.

        • wiffy replied: — October 8th, 2012 @ 11:19 am

          I personally dislike Japanese beer for steaming/cooking due to bitter and strong taste too. Try it with the lighter tasting beer (to me, the milder the better)!

          • Tan replied: — October 10th, 2012 @ 10:27 am

            Ok will pick milder beer. I chose Kirin because i can the balance beer unused… haha.

  8. B — October 8, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    Looks fresh and tasty!


  9. ella — October 16, 2012 @ 4:50 am

    hi noobcook I’ve been following you for years! I was wondering what if the prawns are frozen?


    • wiffy replied: — October 16th, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

      Hi ella, go ahead to use them. Just thaw and prepare as per the recipe :)


  10. Lydia — October 17, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    Hi Wiffy,

    Can I use Hennessy instead of beer?


    • wiffy replied: — October 19th, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

      Hi Lydia, Yes you can, but it will be a stronger and entirely different taste from the beer version.