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Fish in Black Bean Sauce

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Chinese


This Fish in Black Bean Sauce is so good you will need several bowls of rice, a very simple recipe of pan fried fish and tofu served in salty black bean sauce


  • 500g fish fillet, cut into medium sized cubes (any fleshy fish would do)
  • 12 pcs small blocks fried tofu
  • 1 large green capsicum / bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 tbsp salted black beans
  • 2 tbsp black bean sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 thumb sized ginger, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • fish sauce or sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil


  1. Place cornstarch in a plate then dredge the fish pieces on it until it’s lightly coated.
  2. Heat up oil in a wok and shallow fry fish quickly on each side until it becomes golden brown, it will take around 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
  3. In the same wok where fish is fried sauté garlic, shallot and ginger.
  4. Add green capsicum then stir fry for a minute. Then add fish and tofu.
  5. Add water, black bean sauce, soy sauce, sugar and black beans bring to a boil, turn fish once and simmer for 5 minutes until the sauce becomes thick. If the sauce is thin you can add a bit of cornstarch slurry to thicken it.
  6. Flavour with fish sauce and season with freshly ground black pepper.