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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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  1. 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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