Steamed Shrimp

A plate of steamed shrimp.

A plate of steamed shrimp. (Image via: Jenny Low via Nspirement)

Almost everyone loves steamed shrimp, also called prawns. Here is a simple recipe that will have everyone clamoring for more.
Prepare time: 20 mins
Cook time: 10 minutes
Ready in: 30 minutes


  • Large shrimp — 12
  • Mushrooms — 2 (chopped)
  • Carrots — 1/4 cup (chopped)
  • Spring onions — 1/4 cup (chopped)

Egg mixture

  • Eggs — 2
  • Milk — 1 tbsp
  • Salt — 1/4 tsp
  • Sesame oil — 3 tsp
  • Pepper — a pinch

Special equipment for steamed shrimp

  • Steamer pan (optional, see image)
Stainless steel steamer pan with glass lid.
You can arrange the shrimp decoratively on a porcelain plate or shallow bowl and then place the dish on one of the racks inside of a large steamer pan. (Image: via © Hein Teh)


1. Keep the head and tail of the shrimp. Peel off the body shell and cut off the legs. 

2. Cut deep into the back of the shrimp. Place the shrimp with their backs facing up on the plate.

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3. Sprinkle chopped mushrooms, spring onions, and carrots over the body of the shrimp.

4. Pour the egg mixture over the shrimp.

5. When water is boiling, steam for about 10 minutes, then serve.

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