Easy Black Bean Ginger Spicy Shrimp. A 20 minute meal that the whole family will love. Faster than take out!

  • 1 pound large shrimp, deveined and shelled
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup black bean sauce
  • 1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh grated ginger root
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp chili paste, optional or to taste
  • 1 cup diced red or green pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups snow peas
  • 1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in a little water


  1. Lightly sauté the garlic in the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the shrimp, season lightly with salt and pepper and sauté for only about 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add to the pan, all at once, the black bean sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger root, 5 spice powder, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, black pepper and chili paste.
  5. Stir to combine and simmer for a minute or two. Add the shrimp back to the pan along with the red pepper and snow peas.
  6. Stir fry for an additional minute. Toss well then thicken the sauce with a slurry of the cornstarch dissolved in water, (an ounce or so will do).
  7. Cook for only a minute longer. Serve over rice or your favorite noodles. Garnish with sesame seeds.