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Steamed Prawn with Chili and Garlic

Definitely one of the easiest and fastest prawn recipe, not to mention they look lovely and fit for a banquet. If you don’t own a microwave, you can make the garlic oil on a stove top by first heating the oil in a frying pan, and then stir fry minced garlic until they turn golden brown. If you do own a microwave, then this will be a pretty mess free recipe to make. ♥

Steamed Prawn with Chili and Garlic
Steamed Prawn with Chili and Garlic

Steamed Prawn with Chili and Garlic

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 20 mins

Serves: 4

Print Recipe


  • 12 medium size prawns
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (Chinese: Shao Xing Hua Tiao Jiu)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoon peanut/soybean/canola oil
  • 1 stalk scallion, cut into 2 inch ribbons
  • 1 red chili, remove seeds and cut into 2 inch ribbons


  1. Chop away the eyes part of the prawns, partially cut the back of the prawns and devein, leaving the prawns still in their shell. Wash, pat dry, and place in a steam proof bowl.
  2. Add Shaoxing wine, water, sesame oil, salt, ground pepper, and fish oil into the bowl.
  3. Steam for 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, mix together garlic and peanut/soybean/canola oil in a microwave proof bowl. Cook in the microwave with 450 Watt power for 3-4 minutes, or until the garlic has turned golden brown. Remove from microwave and set aside.
  5. When the prawns are cooked, remove from the steamer, scatter scallion and chili ribbons, and pour the garlic oil on top of the prawns. Serve immediately.
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  • Angie@Angie's Recipes Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    My mouth is watering terribly....look at all those prawns and you have presented them so beautifully!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Thanks for the nice comment :)

  • Dennis Dennis says:

    This was divine, I left the seeds in the chilli to spice it up, would a dash of light soy work?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Yup, I think a dash of light soy sauce or even regular soy sauce will totally work Dennis :)

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