Shrimp with Black Bean Garlic Sauce

This is another Chinese dish I cooked the other night.  I must say… this is very good with rice.  The “black bean garlic sauce” is what gives this dish a great flavor.  It has that salty and slightly nutty taste from the black bean sauce.  With the green and red bell peppers… onions and ginger… this dish is rich in flavor and taste.  Of course… as with any Chinese dishes… you’ve got to enjoy this with rice.  This is fairly easy and quick to make.

Here’s what you need to prepare this mouth-watering “Shrimp with Black Bean Garlic Sauce.”


1 ½ pound raw, peeled and deveined shrimps

3 TBSPs. medium dry sherry, or rice wine, white or red wine

½ tsp. kosher salt

3 TBSPs. cornstarch

In a large mixing bowl… mix the sherry or wine, kosher salt and cornstarch.  Stir until salt and cornstarch dissolved.  Add the shrimps.  Let the shrimps marinate while you make the sauce and chop the vegetables.


1 ½ TBSPs. soy sauce

1 ½ cup chicken stock or water

1 ½ tsps. sugar

2 TBSPs. medium dry sherry or rice wine, white or red wine

1 ½ TBSPs. cornstarch

1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

In another medium size bowl… mix all the sauce ingredients.  Stir until the brown sugar and cornstarch dissolved.  Set aside.

Vegetables and other ingredients:

4 garlic cloves – smashed, peeled and chopped

¼ cup sliced ginger

½ large onion – sliced

1 green bell pepper – seeded, membranes removed and diced

1 red bell pepper – seeded, membranes removed and diced

3 TBSPs. ‘black beans garlic sauce’ or fermented black beans – available in Asian Market

2 TBSPs. sesame oil

Using a large wok or deep skillet, heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil.  Add the marinated shrimps and stir fry until halfway cooked, about 3 minutes.  Removed shrimps unto a plate.

Add another tablespoon of vegetable oil and 2 tablespoons sesame oil.  Sauté the garlic, ginger and onions… until onions are translucent, about 2 minutes.  Stir in the “black beans garlic sauce, “the green and red bell peppers.  Stir to combine all the vegetables… about one minute.  Add the shrimps and stir until vegetables and shrimps are well incorporated… about one minute.  Make a well in the middle of the wok, by pushing the shrimp and vegetables to the side.

Stir and pour sauce in the middle of the wok.  Quickly boil the sauce by turning the heat to medium high.  Stir to combine the sauce, the vegetables and the shrimps.  Keep stirring until the vegetables and shrimps are well coated with the sauce.  By this time the shrimp should be pink, the bell peppers are bright green and red.  The whole mixture should be saucy.  Remove wok from the heat.

Serve Shrimp with Black Beans and Garlic Sauce hot over rice.  Serves 3 – 4 people.

Enjoy and Happy Cooking!


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