Chinese style Crayfish with Garlic

Crayfish with garlic is a very popular dish in Shanghai when in season. 

crayfish with garlic

This recipe can be quickly prepared and only needs a few ingredients. The chefs in the local restaurants flash fry the crayfish in huge woks before adding a generous amount of lager beer and fragrant garlic. 

There is no need for additional dishes with this recipe, just indulge in the crayfish and when finished, do as the Chinese, and add cooked pasta, instant noodles or boiled ramen noodles to the remaining broth to finish the dish. 

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crayfish with garlic

Chinese style Crayfish with Garlic

This recipe can be quickly prepared and only needs a few ingredients.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetisers & Starters, Fish & Seafood
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2 people
Calories 185 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)

Wok pan
Small food processor braun


  • 500 gr crayfish
  • 125 gr peeled garlic cloves
  • 1 ½ tsp chicken stock powder
  • 300 ml lager beer


  • Wash the fresh crayfish under cold running water and brush the dirt off.
    washing and brushing crayfish
  • Bring a large amount of water to boil and blanch the crayfish for 2 minutes.
    boiling crayfish
  • Clean the crayfish by removing the intestines.
    take out intestine from crayfish
  • Chop the garlic cloves with the use of a food processor.
    chop garlic with food processor

Cook the crayfish

  • Warm cooking oil in a wok over a high heat and stir fry the crayfish, add salt, chicken stock powder, chopped garlic and the beer, then cook for 5 minutes.
    cooking crayfish with garlic
  • Reduce the heat, remove the cooked crayfish, keep them aside and reduce the garlic broth for another 5 minutes. Season to taste. Arrange the garlic crayfish on the service tray and spoon the garlic broth over.
    crayfish with garlic

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 10gFat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 51mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 21IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 135mgIron: 1mg
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