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Steamed Prawns with Garlic

Steamed Prawns with Garlic Recipe

Steamed Prawns with Garlic Recipe

Prawns cook very quickly, so do not steam for too long or they will become hard and chewy.

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins


  • 8 (about 250 grams) large prawns (shrimps)
  • 5 slices ginger
  • 1 stalk of spring onions (scallions) cut to 5 cm (2 inch) length
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine

(A) Garlic Mixture (mix well in a small bowl)

  • 10 garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1/2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 dashes of white pepper powder to taste


  1. Trim the feelers off the prawns. Butterfly the prawns by making a top slit across the back of the prawns, removing the veins, and cutting a little deeper to make a cavity. Be careful not to cut too deep or you will half the prawns instead.
  2. Line the bottom of a deep plate with ginger and spring onions.
  3. Arrange butterflied prawns on top of the ginger and scallions. Drizzle Shaoxing wine over the prawns cavity.
  4. Fill the prawns cavity with the garlic mixture (A).
  5. When the water in the steamer is boiling, place the plate on the steaming rack. Steam over high heat until the prawns are cooked (just a few minutes).

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54 Responses to “Steamed Prawns with Garlic”

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  1. zakashi — July 20, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

    My husband and my children said wow when they saw how beautiful the prawns were being displayed just like the picture as shown. They enjoyed eating the prawns. Thanks!


    • wiffy replied: — July 22nd, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

      glad to hear that… thanks for your note :)


  2. Kimmie — July 24, 2010 @ 6:38 am

    wow.. LOOKS GREAT.. i will def make this dish.. but i would chopped up ginger with the garlic and stuff it in.. and i’d lined the bottom with glass noodle (the thin clear ones) and vegies so its a meal in one :D

    the glass noodles absorb the flavors of the shrimp and garlic.. try it..:)


    • wiffy replied: — July 24th, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

      Hi Kimmie, that’s a VERY good idea… I think I will totally try this out, can never pass on a one-dish meal idea. Thanks so much for sharing :)


  3. Mei Teng — July 24, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    The prawns looked so delicious. Excellent photo.


  4. Candice — August 11, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful receipe… Success on first attempt :) Phew!!

    This is a very appetitizing colourful dish!

    Your step-by-step photos are really excellence checking points – ensuring that I am on the right track…In fact, I shifted my laptop to the kitchen while preparing the dish :)



  5. Esther — October 12, 2010 @ 4:37 am

    Thanks for the recipe! I made this today and it was amazing!


  6. sarah razali — August 27, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    delicious! u can use 7up soft drink to replace wine. Try it


  7. Grace — February 15, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

    that’s a good amount of garlic.

    do you buy ready chopped ones? if not, what garlic chopper do you recommend? I didnt like the smell lingering on my hands! :)


    • wiffy replied: — February 17th, 2014 @ 11:22 am

      I either use garlic press or an electric chopper. I sometimes short-cut by using peeled garlic cloves. For ready chopped ones, I use them more for stir-fries than for a dish where the garlic is center-stage. But it’s totally depends on how much time you have on your hand :)



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