Steamed Prawns

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Seafood. Who here doesn’t like seafood? (I apologize beforehand to those who have seafood allergies). I can never resist a good shellfish or crustacean dish. It’s just not in my blood to say no.

When my mom gave be a small box full of large fresh prawns that a friend of my dad’s gifted him with, I knew the best way to savour their sweetness is by steaming them. Yes, I could have done a nice curry or stirfry but I firm believe that the very best way to enjoy the natural flavours of very fresh seafood would be by minimal preparation.

To ensure that these prawns get the treatment they deserve, I used Mirin, Fish Sauce, Fried Garlic & Oil, Ground Black Pepper. That was it! Some people would pour beaten egg whites over the prawns but I never saw the need to. It makes the bowl harder to wash too. So it you prefer that, do it.Steamed Prawns 1

I wasn’t planning on posting this recipe when I was making it (hence no process pics) but it turned out so well, I HAD to. Right?Steamed Prawns 2

I basically fried up the minced garlic, reserved that and poured the infused oil over them prawns together with some mirin and fish sauce.Steamed Prawns 3

Steaming took roughly 7-8 minutes. Just when the shells have turned pink and there is no more translucent bits, it’s ready. Overcooked prawns = organic leather (so says my brother). Steamed Prawns 4

Once it’s all done, there’s nothing left to do but to devour. And for me, the best way to enjoy crustaceans or shellfish is with the fingers. I’m positive it’s 19473 times more delicious that way. Try it! Oh, and the juices that pool at the bottom of the bowl… I drained every last drop.


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Steamed Prawns
serves 2-3


7 large Prawns, whole
1 tbsp Mirin
1 tbsp Fish Sauce (more to taste)
3 cloves Garlic, minced
3 tbsp Oil
pinch Ground Black pepper
Spring Onions, for garnishing

  1. In a frying pan, fry minced garlic in oil until just turned golden brown. Reserve fried garlic for garnishing.
  2. In a heat-proof bowl, place prawns in single layer if possible. Pour over mirin, fish sauce, oil from fried garlic & pinch of pepper.
  3. Steam on HIGH heat for 5- 6 minutes. Begin checking to see if shells have turned pink.
  4. Prawns are done when there are no more translucent bits and shells have turned pink. Do not overcook.
  5. Garnish with fried garlic and chopped spring onion.
  6. Dig in with your fingers. Really good with some garlic chilli dipping sauce.


  1. I don’t think I’ve ever tried steaming prawns before – I love prawns, this recipe sounds great!

  2. I’m hungry and those prawns are calling my name:)

  3. Your Steamed Prawns sounds amazing! I love the Fish Sauce and Fried Garlic in your dish. Must be super delicious!

    • Me too! Fried garlic is a must for every steamed dish I make. Just for added crunch and flavour. The prawns were really fresh so it was so sweet.

  4. That looks wonderful and I bet they are very tasty. I’m not much of a cook myself, but thank you for sharing your recipe!

  5. Susan Broughton says:

    Those Prawns sure do look good the recipe sound really delicious!

  6. super healthy prawns with such a fresh and lovely aroma when steamed…we especially love the perfectly timed steaming which makes this even more plump and delicious…:-)

  7. Nice healthy recipe! And your prawns are huge! I’m lazy to peel off sometimes but otherwise I could eat dozens of these (maybe it’s a good thing I’m lazy so I eat some). 😉

    • Haha! That’s precisely why I rarely cook whole prawns. Laziness. But so worth it, right? There prawns were given to my parents as gifts by a friend who lives in a fishing village nearby. Really really fresh.

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