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Steamed Drunken Prawns

Drunken Prawns

Steamed Drunken Prawns Recipe

You may substitute live prawns with non-live ones (skips steps 1 and 2 if so).


  • 10 live prawns (shrimps)
  • 3 tbsp Shaoxing wine divided
  • a handful of wolfberries
  • 3 thick spring onion stalks (the bottom white part)
  • 3 to 5 slices of ginger
  • spring onions (cut to wispy thin strips) and coriander to serve


  1. Place prawns in a deep vessel with lid (I use my 4.2l slow cooker pot).
  2. Drizzle 2 tbsp Shaoxing wine over prawns and close the lid for about 10 minutes (until the prawns stopped jumping).
  3. Trim the feelers off the prawns, arrange them in a single layer on a deep steaming plate. Pour the Shaoxing wine over.
  4. Place spring onions stalks, ginger and wolfberries on top. Drizzle one more tbsp Shaoxing wine over the ingredients.
  5. Steam until the prawns turn completely red (this takes only a few minutes – do not over cook). Garnish with spring onions strips and coriander.
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41 comments on “Steamed Drunken Prawns”

  1. I love seafood so it is wiser to prepare them at home! Love this dish too!

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  3. I can’t do this with live prawns, I always pre-marinate chinese cooking wine (sometimes I use Martel) on dead but fresh prawns. During wedding dinners, will always keep some stomach space for this dish. But unfortunately, not many will serve this dish for their weddings now.

    • Yeah I seldom see this dish during Chinese weddings too. Usually they serve more fancy prawn dishes. I like the idea of using Martel. :-)

  4. Another winner! I tweaked it a little and added the Chinese herb yu zhu.

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  6. I think cooking live prawns is quite ‘humane’ if it’s drunken prawns.. Because they’re already dead drunk by the time you cook them.. :-P

  7. No need salt in recipe?

  8. Not sure if you would mind this silly question but don’t we need to wash the prawns first ? I know they are live, but how do we know the waters they are stored in are clean ?

    Also, 2 tbsp can barely cover the prawns so I suppose only some of them can ingest the wine ?
    Thanks in advance! I absolutely love your website. :D

  9. Thanks for the recipe!
    When I told my mum on having this @ home
    She made it sound like it was rocket science! Lol
    Gona show her how simple it is!

    Thank You! :-)

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