Chinese Garlic Steamed Prawns Recipe

  • 12 large sized shell-on prawns, butterflied with heads intact
  • 6 slices of fresh ginger 
  • 2 stalks green onions, roughly chopped and keep some of the green parts for garnish (garnish is optional)
  • 1 whole garlic, minced finely
Seasoning for garlic mixture:
  • 2 tsps light soy sauce
  • 3 tbsps Chinese Shaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cooking oil
Marinade for prawns:
  • 1 tbsp Chinese Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tbsps salt
Chinese Garlic Steamed Prawns Recipe

  1. Firstly, clean the prawns and remove the whiskers and the legs. With a pair of sharp kitchen shears, gently butterfly the prawn and remove the entrails. With the kitchen shears, make a slight cavity in the prawn but be careful not to cut too deep to avoid a 'hole'. The minced garlic mixture will later be placed into the cavity of each prawn. Repeat with remaining prawns.
  2. Marinade the prawns in the above for about 1 hour.
  3. Prepare a large wok for steaming. Mix the minced garlic with the above seasoning and set aside. Fill the wok with water and bring to a rapid boil. While you are waiting for the water to boil, spoon the garlic mixture into the cavities of the prawns. Place the slices of ginger and green onions on a plate for steaming and place the prawns on top, making sure they lie in a single layer on top of the ginger and green onions.
  4. Once the water is rapidly boiling, place the prepared prawns and steam for about 5-8 minutes. Remember to check at the 5 minute mark for doneness to avoid overcooked prawns. Garnish with additional green onions if using. Serve immediately.

Source: Smoky Wok

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