I was never a huge shrimp or prawn fan, but when I tried these pan-fried garlic prawns with soy sauce, I was converted. I first tried it a few months ago when my mother-in-law prepared it for us one night.
Let me get into some background. My in-laws live in China so they come to visit every 3 or 4 years and when they visit, they stay for at least 6 months. I had never met them before their most recent trip this last year. They came to see their son (my hubby) and to meet me. Little did I know that I was going to get engaged a month after they arrived! And on a desire to have the wedding while they were still here, we planned a wedding in 5 months. Note to self: Don’t ever do that again!
So after the wedding and honeymoon, they were staying with us for 2 weeks until their flight back home. During that time, my mother-in-law barely let me in the kitchen. She spoiled us rotten and cooked every day. All I could do was offer to help her out and as a result, I learned how to make a few of the staple Chinese dishes that she would prepare on a weekly basis. In addition to chow mien, fried rice and tofu, this pan-fried garlic prawns was one of those regular dishes. Sometimes, I wish I had paid closer attention or taken better notes on some of her more impressive meals. I never knew I would be starting my own food blog just a few months down the road. Had I known, I would have been her top student! Luckily, these prawns were simple to make, so it was very easy to remember.
So easy that it takes less than 10 minutes to cook. No joke. In 10 minutes, you can serve an impressive, mouth-watering appetizer to your family or guests. You can also present this as a main course served over rice with a side of veggies.
- ½ tbsp. soy sauce
- ½ tbsp. Chinese cooking wine
- 1 tsp. brown sugar
- ½ tsp. oil
- 1 large clove of garlic
- 10 prawns, deveined
- 2 tbsp. water
- 1 tbsp. green onions, sliced
- In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, rice wine and brown sugar. Stir and set aside.
- Heat oil in a frying pan. Add garlic and sauté over medium heat until it starts to brown.
- Add prawns and sauce (from step 1). Stir for 1 minute.
- Fry for 3-4 minutes on each side. When you are flipping the prawns halfway, add the water.
- Add green onions and serve.
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