Drunken Garlic Prawns in 10 minutes

I love booze.

I love garlic.

I love sucking heads. Andrew Zimmern knows.

Dinner in 10 minutes. ‘Nuff said.

Drunken Garlic Prawns in 10 minutes


  • 2 lbs live BC spot prawns
  • 300 mL Sake (Japanese Rice Wine)
  • 1 head of garlic cloves, whole
  • Flavourless Oil

Simple Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup light soy sauce
  • juice and zest of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 Thai chili, minced
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • several mint leaves, minced


Smash the garlic cloves on the chopping board with the side of your knife.

Add some oil to a deep pan over medium heat. Toss the garlic cloves in the oil until slightly golden.

Turn the heat onto high. Add the prawns and the sake. Quickly cover with the lid.

Every minute, hold the lid tight and shake the pan to toss the prawns without releasing any steam.

The prawns are cooked when their flesh is firm, their eyes are grey, and their shells turn orangy-red completely. Depending on the size, this will take 4-7 minutes.

Ladle the prawns, garlic cloves, and sake broth into deep bowls.

Combine dipping sauce ingredients.

Peel, dip, eat, slurp, and repeat.

Serve with a crusty baguette to soak up all the briny essence.

  1. December 15, 2009 by Christine @ Fresh Local and Best

    Those prawns are incredible looking! I’ve never seen a group that looked so fresh and shiny! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

  2. December 15, 2009 by Simone (junglefrog)

    Ahh…. how gorgeous does that like! And what can be better then putting dinner on the table in 10 minutes!

  3. December 15, 2009 by Heather

    Oh my. Just scrumptious and beautiful! I want. Love prawns. I feel like I have not had seafood in months! Must change that after seeing these.

  4. December 15, 2009 by Rose

    YUM! What would you know, I love booze, garlic & shrimp heads tooo! I can’t wait till our spot prawns are back in season. Great dish :D

  5. December 15, 2009 by Miriam/The winter guest

    This looks delicious, I love the photos!

  6. December 15, 2009 by Kristin (KrisKishere)

    I love your honesty. I love those prawns! :)

  7. December 15, 2009 by Brad

    Nice zimmern quote, he sure does suck alot of heads…
    I love this recipe it sounds so easy and delish, I would have to use shrimp tales because I cannot find whole shrimp locally. Thanks!

  8. December 15, 2009 by Kristen

    Talk about a fancy 10 minute meal! Looks incredible

  9. December 15, 2009 by jenn

    omg…..this looks so~~~~~~~~~ good!

  10. December 15, 2009 by jenni

    mmm… drunken prawns look yummy… <3

  11. December 15, 2009 by Unplanned Cooking

    How can you go wrong when you mix booze with an easy recipe? Looks delicious.

  12. December 15, 2009 by Sook

    Just wanted to say I love your photos of your food! So gorgeous and makes me hungry every time I visit your site. :)

  13. December 16, 2009 by Melody Fury (admin)

    Thanks sook :) you’re so sweet. Loving those cookie dough truffles on your blog!

  14. December 16, 2009 by pierre

    Helllo Mel
    Nice dish that you have here ! I am hungry now and yes your photos are quoerb! CHeers from Paris !Pierre

  15. December 16, 2009 by Jessica

    the colors from the prawns look so vibrant and delicious. I’m just getting hungry from looking at the photos

  16. December 16, 2009 by s. stockwell

    Gorgeous photos!!! Just a beautiful post. Best to you from Montecito, California.

  17. December 16, 2009 by zenchef

    haaa.. the shrimp video. How can i forget? :)
    Those live prawns look incredible. I’m jealous. They’re much harder to find here on the east coast. Beautifully done!

  18. December 17, 2009 by Jason Sandeman

    I love the simplicity of this dish. You have subtly enhanced the flavor of the prawns witht he sake, and it can’t hurt that it would taste great with another great sake brew! Nice touch!

  19. December 17, 2009 by Alta (Tasty Eats At Home)

    Oh my, my eyes lit up seeing your photos of these gorgeous prawns. They sound amazing!

  20. September 22, 2011 by Guest

    Let me count the ways I love you…

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