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Steamed Prawns with Garlic

First posted in Jul 2010, updated in Feb 2017.

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.

Step-by-Step Photos

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.

54 comments on “Steamed Prawns with Garlic”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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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