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steamed garlic shrimp with vermicelli noodles on a plate with a towel

Steam Shrimp with Garlic

Steamed garlic shrimp with vermicelli noodles is a classic Cantonese restaurant style dish. Learn how to make this simple and tasty steam shrimp or prawn with garlic recipe, so you don’t need to order them at the restaurant. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 143kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • 14 pieces Shrimp or Prawn
  • 10 cloves Garlic
  • 2 pieces Vermicelli noodles (Glass noodles)
  • 1 stick Green onion
  • 4 tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • ¾ cup Hot water


  • Soak 2 pieces of vermicelli noodles for 15 - 30 minutes. 
  • Minced 10 cloves of garlic. 
  • Cut a stick of green onion.
  • Use a scissor to cut the shrimp on the back.
  • Then, use a toothpick to remove the gut. 
  • After that, use a knife to cut the back. Repeat steps 4 to 6 for 14 pieces of shrimp or prawns.
  • Pour 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil into a pan. Then, add minced garlic. Stir fry them until it's golden brown  and add ¼ teaspoon of salt. Mix it well. 
  • Put the fried garlic in a container and set them aside. 
  • Next, lay the soaked vermicelli noodles or glass noodles on the plate and pour ¾ cup of hot water into the noodles. 
  • The following, lay 14 pieces of cleaned shrimp or prawns on the vermicelli noodles. 
  • Put the fried garlic on the shrimp and steam them 5 minutes after water boils. 
  • When the shrimp or prawns are done, add chopped green onion and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce over it. 



Cooking tips for how to make steamed garlic shrimp with vermicelli noodles: 

  • Soak vermicelli noodles for 15-30 minutes.
  • Use a scissor to cut the shrimp or prawn on the back. Then, use a toothpick to remove the gut. After, use a knife to cut deeper, so it can stand up when put on the plate. 
  • Stir fry minced garlic until golden brown. 
  • Put ¾ cup hot water into vermicelli noodles when it is about to steam them. 
  • Wait for water to boil, steam for 5 minutes. 


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 679mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg