Steamed Garlic Prawns

steamed garlic prawns 2

I seldom cook on weekdays. By the time I get back from work, it is a little late to start preparing for dinner and so I am grateful that my mom usually takes care of it. On weekends, I try to cook up the odds and ends in the fridge before the stockpile arrives on Tuesday (marketing day). So it happens that while I was going through the freezer, I found 9 of these large prawns.

Prawns are not a usual sight on the dinner table. Sometimes, they are stir-fried along with vegetables but a prawn dish is uncommon. Perhaps it is because prawns have high cholesterol values or maybe, my mom just does not like them very much. I decided to steam these prawns as it is simpler, and healthier, than frying them up (I love salted egg prawns though).

steamed garlic prawns

This dish allows the sweetness of the prawns to come through, accentuated by the flavour of garlic and shaoxing wine. Garlic and prawns form a natural pairing, whether in western or chinese cuisine. Add a little butter and wine and the dish is sure to impress. Try it!

Steamed Garlic Prawns
  • 9 large prawns
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp butter, at room temperature
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 2 stalks of spring onion, cut into sections
  1. Clean prawns and remove prawn legs and feelers.
  2. Split prawns in half from the back about halfway, devein, wash and rinse.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Combine garlic, butter, salt and pepper.
  5. Spoon garlic mixture into the back of the prawns.
  6. Steam in a pre-heated steamer over high heat for 3 minutes.
  7. Pour in shaoxing wine and add in spring onions.
  8. Steam for another 2 minutes.
  9. Serve hot.

This post is shared at Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm and Simple living and eating, Freedom Fridays and the weekend Re-treat.


  1. Nice recipe for something made of fridge finds… thanks so much for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

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