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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.

55 comments on “Steamed Prawns with Garlic”

  1. My husband and my children said wow when they saw how beautiful the prawns were being displayed just like the picture as shown. They enjoyed eating the prawns. Thanks!

  2. wow.. LOOKS GREAT.. i will def make this dish.. but i would chopped up ginger with the garlic and stuff it in.. and i’d lined the bottom with glass noodle (the thin clear ones) and vegies so its a meal in one :D

    the glass noodles absorb the flavors of the shrimp and garlic.. try it..:)

    • Hi Kimmie, that’s a VERY good idea… I think I will totally try this out, can never pass on a one-dish meal idea. Thanks so much for sharing :)

  3. The prawns looked so delicious. Excellent photo.

  4. Thanks for this wonderful receipe… Success on first attempt :) Phew!!

    This is a very appetitizing colourful dish!

    Your step-by-step photos are really excellence checking points – ensuring that I am on the right track…In fact, I shifted my laptop to the kitchen while preparing the dish :)


  5. Thanks for the recipe! I made this today and it was amazing!

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  8. delicious! u can use 7up soft drink to replace wine. Try it

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