Shrimp with Black Beans

Seafood and fermented black beans are commonly combined in Cantonese-style dishes. It’s amazing how everyday ingredients take on a whole new character with just a little of this extraordinary seasoning. This family-style dish is not usually served at banquets. It is not considered elegant enough because the dark sauce covers the coral-colored shrimp. At home it is enjoyed with great relish.–Helen Chen

Shrimp with Black Beans Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • Serves 3 to 4


  • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed with the side of a knife and peeled
  • 3 tablespoons fermented black beans, coarsely chopped


  • 1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the wine and cornstarch. Add the shrimp and mix well.
  • 2. In a wok or stir-fry pan, heat the oil over high heat until hot but not smoking. Test by dipping the spatula into the shrimp mixture and then into the oil; it should sizzle. Add the scallions, ginger, garlic, and black beans and stir a few times.
  • 3. Mix up the shrimp mixture and add it to the pan. Add 2 tablespoons water and cook, stirring constantly, until the shrimp is opaque, about 2 minutes. Taste the sauce and add salt as needed. Serve immediately.
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