Sunday, June 14, 2009

Stir-Fry Garlic Spears With Prawns

Garlic Spears are the flower tops from Elephant Garlic. When cooked, they have a very mild garlic flavor with a texture and taste that fits somewhere between asparagus and artichokes. The whole spear can be eaten - as is. You can steam or boiled them and dress it with some salad dressing, or simply stir-fry them as shown in this post.

Stir-Fry Garlic Spears With Prawns


1 Bunch (about 360 g) Garlic Spears, trimmed
200 g Prawns, shelled
2 Cloves Garlic, smashed
1 tsp Grated Ginger
1 1/2 Tbsp Peanut Oil
Sea Salt to taste

1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
1 tsp Corn Flour
1/2 Cup Chicken Stock or Water


Heat the oil in a wok and cook the garlic on low heat. Remove the garlic when they are fragrant and golden in color. Set aside.

Turn the heat on high. Cook the prawns in 2 or 3 batches and set aside. Then, toss in the ginger and garlic spears. Give it a quick stir and add in the garlic and prawns. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes and add in the sauce. Bring it to a quick boil and season with sea salt. The sauce should be thickened and the vegetables cooked but still firm. Serve immediately.


  1. This looks soooo good. I love prawns!

  2. I am a foody, even though I am not eating well. I do love home cooked meals and trying new things. I may have to check this out again.

    I am going to go dig around...

  3. i never tasted garlic spears before, but it certainly does looks good.

  4. I haven't seen these, tried them or heard of them. I'm very interested in getting my hands on some. I'll be on the lookout.

    Wonderful looking photos!

  5. Garlic scapes! I was looking for another name for them as I'd heard all about them at the farmers markets, and finally bought some lasta week. Thanks for the ideas on using them!