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Steamed Ginger Custard

Servings: 4

This quick, silky steamed custard is a delicious way to end a festive Lunar New Year menu. Combining the custard ingredients in a 4-cup liquid measuring cup makes it easy to pour the custard into the ramekins. To prevent burns when removing the ramekins out of the hot steamer, use a kitchen steamer plate lifter. They’re inexpensive and can be purchased online.


  • 1-1/3 cups heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 tsp. minced crystallized ginger

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 400
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 250
  • Fat (g): 28
  • Saturated Fat (g): 17
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9
  • Cholesterol (mg): 230
  • Sodium (mg): 80
  • Carbohydrates (g): 32
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Sugar (g): 31
  • Protein (g): 6


  • Cut a 10-1/2-inch round of foil.
  • In a 4-cup liquid measure, whisk the cream, eggs, and sugar until well blended. Divide the custard among four 1/2-cup ramekins. gently stir 1 tsp. of the ginger into each cup.
  • Bring about 1 inch of water to a boil over high heat in a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or large skillet. Reduce the heat to low so that the water is gently simmering, adjusting the heat if necessary. Place the ramekins in an 11-inch bamboo steamer, leaving space between the cups. Drape the foil lightly over the ramekins, and cover the steamer. Carefully put the steamer in the wok, and steam until the custards are just set (the centers will jiggle a little), replenishing the water if needed, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Remove the custards from the wok, and set aside to cool. The custards can be served warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Just before serving, garnish each with 1 tsp. of the ginger.


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Reviews (2 reviews)

  • deborahsuelancaster | 09/22/2020

    Ken why are surprised that cooking Asian dishes might require asian cooking equipment? You can buy a cheap wok and bamboo steamer anywhere.

  • KenBrechen | 01/20/2020

    There must be an alternative for those of us - probably most of your readers - who don't have a wok and a bamboo steamer. Otherwise this is clickbait for woks and steamers.

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