Fish with Black Bean Sauce

Fish with Black Bean Sauce is made easy and healthy here with this homegrown recipe. Try to use Basa fish fillets, typically found in major grocery stores in a frozen vacuum sealed package. Sole or other firm white fish can work, too. This dish is fabulous over rice and reheats very well.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6


  • 4 large Basa/Swai fish fillets, towel dried.
  • 1 TB cornstarch
  • Olive or canola oil for cooking
  • 2 brown or yellow onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 23 dried red chilis, optional 

For the Sauce:

  • 4 TB prepared Chinese black bean sauce (I use Lee Kum Kee)
  • 1 tsp dried ginger powder (or minced fresh ginger)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 TB rice cooking wine
  • 1 tsp Asian toasted sesame oil
  • 2 TB white sugar


  1. Make Sauce: In a bowl, combine all sauce ingredients and whisk together until well incorporated. Set sauce mixture aside.
  2. Slice: Cut fish fillets into bite size pieces. Toss well with 1 TB cornstarch. Set aside.
  3. Cook Veggies: In a large wok or pan, add 2 TB oil on medium heat. When oil is hot, add onions, bell peppers, garlic, and optional dried chilis. Stir to combine. Add 5 TB of the sauce mixture. Stir and cook until veggies are just tender. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  4. Cook Fish: In same wok/pan, add 3 TB oil and heat on medium until oil is hot. Add fish and stir. Add remaining sauce mixture. Cook and stir just until fish turns opaque. Do not overcook.
  5. Toss and Serve: Add the cooked veggies back into the wok/pan with the fish. Cook and stir until heated through. Serve with rice.


Feel free to sub out the bell peppers for other veggies such as broccoli florets or cut green beans. 

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  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 362
  • Sugar: 5.9 g
  • Sodium: 621.4 mg
  • Fat: 10.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 56.7 g
  • Fiber: 13.3 g
  • Protein: 11.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: seafood, dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: black bean fish, fish with black bean sauce