Steamed Butterfly Prawn with Mince Garlic

Steamed Butterfly Prawn with Minced Garlic, a renowned zi char delicacy, enchants with its simplicity and intense flavors. This dish features succulent butterfly prawns, delicately steamed to perfection and adorned with a generous layer of fragrant minced garlic. The result is a harmonious fusion of tender prawn meat and the aromatic essence of garlic. The marriage of the naturally sweet prawns with the pungent warmth of garlic creates an exquisite balance that captivates the palate. Loved for its clean, uncomplicated taste and the sensory delight it offers, Steamed Butterfly Prawn with Minced Garlic has secured its position as a beloved zi char favorite, delivering a medley of natural flavors and textures that continue to captivate diners seeking a delectable and unforgettable dining experience. 

Why Do People Love Steamed Butterfly Prawn with Mince Garlic

The allure of Steamed Butterfly Prawn with Mince Garlic lies in its irresistible flavours and delicate texture. With their tender and juicy meat, the prawns are elevated by the subtle yet impactful aroma of minced garlic. This dish embodies simplicity and elegance, allowing the natural sweetness of the prawns to shine through while enhancing their taste with the fragrant garlic notes. 

The light and healthy steaming method further preserves the prawns’ natural juices and imparts a delicate tenderness that delights the palate. It is no wonder that this dish has gained popularity among seafood aficionados worldwide. 

What You Need For Your Steamed Butterfly Prawn with Mince Garlic: 

Making Steamed Butterfly Prawn with Mince Garlic yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 500 grams of large butterfly prawns, cleaned and deveined 
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon of rice wine 
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil 
  • Salt and white pepper to taste 
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4 

How To Cook Steamed Butterfly Prawn with Mince Garlic

Step 1

Prepare the prawns by washing them thoroughly and patting them dry with a kitchen towel. Make a deep incision along the back of each prawn, creating a butterfly shape.

Step 2

In a small bowl, combine the minced garlic, light soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, salt, and white pepper. Mix well to create a flavourful marinade.

Step 3

Place the marinated prawns in a heatproof dish, ensuring they are evenly spread out. Pour any remaining marinade over the prawns.

Step 4

Prepare a steamer and bring the water to a gentle boil. Once ready, carefully place the dish of prawns into the steamer, cover, and steam for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until the prawns turn pink and are fully cooked.

Step 5

Once cooked, remove the dish from the steamer and garnish the prawns with fresh coriander leaves.

Step 6

Serve the Steamed Butterfly Prawn with Mince Garlic immediately, either as a standalone dish or accompanied by steamed rice and a side of stir-fried vegetables for a complete meal. 

Serving Steamed Butterfly Prawn with Mince Garlic with Other Dishes 

To complement the exquisite flavours of Steamed Butterfly Prawn with Mince Garlic, consider serving it alongside steamed jasmine rice and a vibrant Asian salad. The light and fragrant rice will provide a perfect base for the prawns, while the refreshing salad will add a delightful contrast to the dish. Additionally, a side of stir-fried bok choy or steamed broccoli can add a touch of greens, creating a well-rounded and satisfying dining experience.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Lean Protein Source: Butterfly prawns offer a lean source of protein, essential for muscle growth, repair, and overall body functions. 
  2. Minced Garlic’s Health Properties: Garlic contains compounds like allicin that may offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and potential cardiovascular benefits. 
  3. Vitamins and Minerals: Prawns provide essential nutrients such as B vitamins (B6, B12) for energy metabolism, zinc for immune support, and selenium for antioxidant defense. 
  4. Healthy Cooking Method: Steaming the prawns preserves their natural moisture and minimizes the need for added fats. 
  5. Flavorful Minced Garlic: The minced garlic adds a burst of flavor without excessive use of added salt, promoting mindful eating. 
  6. Balanced Meal Component: When accompanied by a variety of colorful vegetables and perhaps whole grains, Steamed Butterfly Prawn with Minced Garlic can contribute to a well-rounded meal. 
  7. Garlic’s Potential Health Benefits: Garlic has been associated with potential cardiovascular benefits, such as improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 
  8. Culinary Simplicity: The focus on prawns and garlic offers a clean and uncomplicated dining experience that resonates with those seeking natural flavors. 
  9. Texture and Aroma: The tender prawns and aromatic minced garlic create a sensory experience that engages both taste and smell. 

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Steamed Butterfly Prawn with Mince Garlic without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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