Shrimp in Black Bean Sauce

Black bean sauce lends a rich flavor to shellfish dishes. If you like, spice up this dish by adding a small amount of chili paste to the garlic and black bean sauce.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1 lb. large shrimp
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. hot chili oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Chinese black bean sauce
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 slices ginger, minced
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • ¼ cup chicken broth


  • Place shrimp in a bowl and toss with cornstarch.
  • Heat a wok or skillet over medium-high heat until it is nearly smoking. Add oil. When oil is hot, add black bean sauce and garlic. Stir-fry for 30 seconds, mixing the garlic and black bean sauce together.
  • Add shrimp, minced ginger, and scallions. Stir-fry shrimp until they turn pink and the edges begin to curl, about 1 minute, mixing in with the sauce.
  • Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Serve hot.