Steamed Prawns with Garlic

Steamed prawns with garlic is quick and easy to whip up without any fuss. Garlic lovers would definitely love this delightful dish with amazing flavours.

5 stars

Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 15 mins


Garlic Prawns Steamed Chinese Style

Malaysian, Singaporean, Cantonese, Vietnamese

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Nutrition per Serving

59 kcal
5 g
2 g
4 g

Steamed garlic prawns is a quick and simple dish. Due to the simplicity of the dish, you can certainly rely on it as a week night recipe. All you need for this recipe is a whole load of fresh garlic besides fresh prawns. To some, garlic may be extremely offensive but to garlic lovers like me, I am sure we all agree that besides having an amazing flavour, it also contains great health benefits and medicinal values.

Can prawns be steamed without the shell and head?

Yes, you may steam the prawns without the shells and heads. However, the shells and heads of the prawns provides natural flavours which will enhance the dish.

Adding glass noodles

This dish can be adapted by adding some glass noodles and steam along with the prawns. Simply soak some Chinese glass noodles with water and once they are softened, place them on a plate together with the prawns. That way, the glass noodle will soak up the sweet and savoury gravy of the steamed prawns.

Be careful when frying minced garlic

In this recipe, I fried some of the minced garlic to be mixed with those that are fresh. It is important to be careful when frying the minced garlic as burnt garlic would cause the dish to be bitter. Hence, frying them at the lowest heat will be the best. The steaming process should not be too long either or the prawns would turned out tough. Otherwise, this dish is definitely an easy and excellent choice for a meal.

Apart from being highly nutritious, it is also very low in calories. Together with the taste and aroma of the sauces that are added to the dish, you can savour the burst of exceptionally delightful flavours.


1⁄2 tsp
1⁄2 tsp
2 tbsp
shaoxing wine
garlic clove(s)
1⁄2 tbsp
sesame oil
1 1⁄2 tbsp
soy sauce
1⁄3 cm

Steps to Prepare

Steamed Prawns with Garlic Step 1

Step 1 of 3

    • 12 prawns
    • 1⁄2 tsp salt
    • 1⁄2 tsp pepper
    • 1⁄2 tbsp shaoxing wine

Butterfly prawns and marinate them with salt, white pepper and Shaoxing wine for at least 15 minutes.

Steamed Prawns with Garlic Step 2

Step 2 of 3

    • 10 garlic clove(s)
    • 1⁄2 tbsp sesame oil
    • 1 1⁄2 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp shaoxing wine

Heat oil and fry half of the minced garlic over low heat until golden brown. Add them to the sesame oil, soy sauce, Shaoxing wine and the rest of the minced garlic.

Steamed Prawns with Garlic Step 3

Step 3 of 3

    • 2 scallions
    • 1⁄2 tbsp shaoxing wine
    • 1⁄4 cm ginger

Place chopped scallions and ginger slices on a plate. Arrange the prawns on top of the scallions. Stuff some garlic mixture onto the prawns. Pour the rest of the Chinese rice wine over the prawns. Steam prawns for about 6 minutes and serve immediately.

Published: January 27, 2017

1 Discussions

a year ago


Hi, can I leave out the Shaoxing wine?

a year ago



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