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Steamed Prawns with Garlic

Steamed Prawns with Garlic Recipe

First posted in Jul 2010, updated in Feb 2017.

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Steamed Prawns with Garlic is a very simple homely dish. Chinese restaurants always charge a premium for seafood dishes. The home-made version costs a small fraction of what the restaurants are charging.

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Besides being cheaper, this is one dish you can cook at home easily and quickly, since prawns cook really fast (less than 5 minutes).

Steamed Prawns with Garlic Recipe

If you love garlic as much as I do, you will understand the amount of garlic I used in this dish. But if you find that the garlic is too much or spicy for your liking, you can reduce the amount according to taste.  For best results, use fresh garlic and chop them yourself, instead of using instant bottled garlic. Also try to use bigger prawns for this dish because it will be easier to butterfly them and to stuff the garlic mixture into the cavity. See the step-by-step pictures below.

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 Butterflied Prawn Clean and butterfly the prawns by making a top slit across the back to the tail end of the prawn, removing the veins, and cutting a little deeper to make a cavity. Click here for detailed step-by-step pics.
 Steamed Prawns with Garlic Recipe Drizzle Chinese wine over the prawns cavity.
Freshly chopped garlic In this dish, the garlic is the star. So for best results, use freshly chopped garlic (I used an electric chopper as a short-cut).
Steamed Prawns with Garlic Recipe Prepare the garlic mixture in a small bowl.
 Steamed Prawns with Garlic Recipe Fill the prawns cavity with the garlic mixture.
 Steamed Prawns with Garlic Recipe These are what the garlic-stuffed prawns look like, before steaming.
Steamed Prawns with Garlic Recipe Steam over high heat until the prawns are cooked (just a few minutes; do not overcook). Garnish with coriander and serve.

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54 Responses to “Steamed Prawns with Garlic”

  1. MaryMoh — July 16, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

    What a big plate of big prawns! I wish it’s all mine….my favourite!

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  2. ovenhaven — July 16, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

    Beautiful presentation! I’ve never even heard of steamed prawns with garlic, but it sure looks tantalising :D

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  3. Yummy Koh — July 16, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

    Wow …. the prawns look fresh and delicious. Great to go with a bowl of steaming rice.

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  4. ms moon — July 16, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

    this looks wonderful. no restaurant would be so generous with garlic like what you did :-)

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    • wiffy replied: — July 24th, 2010 @ 12:39 am

      mine is probably an overdose of garlic, but I like it with this much garlic :)

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  5. HoppingHammy — July 16, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

    Wow you really know how to arrange things just like a fancy restaurant! It looks perfect! :)

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    • wiffy replied: — July 24th, 2010 @ 12:40 am

      hi girl, thanks. Miss ya! You flatter me :)

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  6. tigerfish — July 17, 2010 @ 12:20 am

    You can have lots of these in Hong Kong…oysters, clams, prawns….they all use this “method”….but it is good!

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    • wiffy replied: — July 24th, 2010 @ 12:40 am

      didn’t get a chance to eat much seafood in HK … got to try them at home then :p

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  7. anncoo — July 17, 2010 @ 1:34 am

    I love prawns and I had made this quite similar but with some tunghoon added.
    Lovely picture and looks so delicious :)

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  8. Ching — July 17, 2010 @ 2:41 am

    Nice! the garlic can be a bit pungent though if used too much.

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  9. My Simple Food — July 17, 2010 @ 3:40 am

    Hi!! This looks great. I love garlic. Your prawns looks really fresh. It is a difficult to get such big and fresh prawns here in Dallas.

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  10. Kris — July 17, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    This is my favorite dish! I love this and lobster steam this way! Thanks for the recipe! Definately going to be my dinner table this summer!!

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