Hot bean sauce or paste is a fragrant blend of fermented soy beans and hot chile peppers. It adds the heat to spicy Asian recipes, such as this seafood dish.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Recipe Summary

35 mins
35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Thaw fish, if frozen. Cut into 1-inch cubes. Discard any skin and bones. In a medium bowl stir together fish, sherry, and salt. Let stand for 15 minutes. Drain. Set aside.

  • For sauce, in a small bowl stir together water, bean sauce or paste, sugar, and bouillon granules. Set aside.

  • Pour cooking oil into a wok or large skillet. (Add more oil as necessary during cooking.) Preheat over medium-high heat. Stir-fry ginger in hot oil for 15 seconds. Add onion; stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add red and yellow sweet peppers; stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove vegetables from the wok.

  • Add fish to the hot wok. Stir-fry for 3 to 6 minutes or until fish flakes easily, being careful not to break up pieces. Push fish from the center of the wok.

  • Stir sauce. Add sauce to the center of the wok. Cook and stir until bubbly. Return cooked vegetables to the wok. Add bamboo shoots and green onions. Gently stir all ingredients together to coat with sauce. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes more or until heated through. Serve immediately over hot cooked rice. Makes 4 servings.


Prepare vegetables; cover and chill up to 4 hours before cooking.

Nutrition Facts

294 calories; fat 7g; cholesterol 34mg; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 33g; protein 21g; sodium 737mg.