Fried Cod in Sweet Chili Black Bean Garlic Sauce

The Best Black Bean Garlic Sauce for Cod

This is a very popular recipe in many Asian Restaurants and I’ve seen recipes listed all over the web but, once again, the ingredients and preparation fall short and these food bloggers aren’t teaching it correctly. I guarantee that this is the Best Cod in Black Bean Garlic Sauce recipe you’ll ever try because I give you a fish marinade (no one else does), a light fried breading (most recipes skip) and a super easy and delicious sauce that comes in premade bottles, that you can purchase for cheap. You just have to know the proper amounts to mix. Otherwise you’d have to combine over a dozen different ingredients just to make the sauce from scratch. I recommend 3 bottled ingredients and a broth to thin and stretch out the sauce.

One Cod filet, weighing just under a pound, sliced into 2″ inch portions.
This Marinade can be used with Calamari, Shrimp, Fish, Chicken, Pork and/or Beef.
White onion, several sweet peppers and one Jalapeno pepper, chopped into 1″ inch pieces.
Potato Starch for a light coating on the fish, for frying, after it’s marinated.
Deep fried Cod fish portions that were marinated and dusted in potato starch.
These 3 sauces combined, in the right portions, make an amazing sweet chili and black bean garlic sauce.

Black Bean Garlic Sauce

If you don’t already know, Black Bean Garlic Sauce can be purchased, as is, in a jar, ready to go. The problem is, it leaves much to be desired because it’s just fermented black beans. It’s very potent, sour and other ingredients need to be added to balance out the flavor. In a restaurant setting, a wok cook would combine at least half a dozen ingredients to create the fusion. The 3 bottled sauces, pictured above is all I combine to create a sauce the properly balances this Cod in Black Bean Garlic Sauce recipe. The sauce is a bit thick for this dish, however, so I thin it out with Beef or Chicken Broth.

I also use these 3 bottles to make a sauce for my Salt and Pepper Calamari and one of my Sea Scallop recipes.

How to make Fried Cod in Sweet Chili Black Bean Garlic Sauce video tutorial by PoorMansGourmet.

Fried Cod in Black Bean Garlic Sauce Ingredients:

1 Cod Filet, sliced into 1″ X 2″ inch pieces

Marinade
1 egg
2 tbsp Canola Oil
1 tsp Soy Sauce
1/4 tsp Ginger Powder
1/4 tsp Garlic powder
1/4 tsp White Pepper
3 tbsp Corn Starch

1/3 cup Potato Starch for Fish breading

5 Lunch Box Peppers, chopped 1″ inch pieces
1 Jalapeno, chopped into 1″ inch pieces
1/4 White Onion, chopped into 1″ inch pieces
2 Green Onions, chopped into 2″ inch pieces
2 tbsp Canola Oil, for stir frying

Sauce
1 tbsp Black Bean Garlic Sauce
1 tsp Hoisin Sauce
1/4 cup Sweet Chili Sauce
1/2 cup Beef or Chicken Broth

Canola Oil for Frying

The amount of marinade in this recipe can marinate up to 3 lbs of cod so only use about 1/3 of it for filet this size. This dish easily feeds 2 to 3 people and is traditionally served with steamed rice. Follow the instructions in the short video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how to make this Fried Cod in Sweet Chili Black Bean Garlic Sauce.

Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Salt and Pepper Shrimp Entrée.

The Best Cantonese Fried Shrimp

If you don’t already know, Salt and Pepper Shrimp is a Chinese fried shrimp recipe developed by the Cantonese in South China. Much like the united states, the food is different and diversified in the south and practically has an entirely separate culture mixed into their food.

Though I use peeled shrimp in this recipe, this dish is usually fried with the shell of the prongs still intact. The coated breading is also traditionally thin. Instead of a thick batter, on the outside of the shrimp, or even a light tempura, the marinated shrimp are tossed in potato starch, which give the shrimp a thin crisp texture.

The dish is finished with Kosher salt and coarse ground black pepper, a garnish of spicy chili peppers and fresh grated carrot. I like to use both Jalapeno and sweet lunch box peppers, however, to make the flavor more diverse on the pallet.

2 lbs of marinated green shrimp in a stainless steel bowl on the counter.
30 oz bag of Potato Starch on the counter top.
Chopped Jalapeno, red Lunch box peppers and grated carrot in a white bowl for a garnish.

Salt and Pepper Shrimp Ingredients:

2 lbs Raw Shrimp, peeled and deviened

Marinade
1 egg
2 tbsp Canola Oil
1 tsp Soy Sauce
1/4 tsp Ginger Powder
1/4 tsp Garlic powder
1/4 tsp White Pepper
3 tbsp Corn Starch

Garnish
1 Jalapeno Pepper, sliced
1 Sweet Pepper, red diced
1/4 cup Carrot, grated
1 Lemon wedge, squeezed

3 finger Kosher Salt and Pepper pinch to taste

3/4 cup Potato Starch, light breading on the shrimp
2 cups Canola Oil for frying, 375° for 2 minutes

Follow the directions in the short video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how to make Salt and Pepper Shrimp.

Shrimp Burger style Po’ boy Sandwich

2 Shrimp burger style Po’ boy sandwich’s. One regular(right) and one extra crispy.

The Best Shrimp Burgers

If you love shrimp and you’ve been craving big bites of it, through and through, this Shrimp Burger Recipe is for you. I show you how to make shrimp patties that have about a 1/2 pound of meat, in each one, and are 3/4 of an inch thick, once they’re cooked. I show you how to make two different styles of shrimp burgers, too; regular and/or extra crispy.

One regular Shrimp Burger with a seasoned and sautéed Shrimp patty.

Regular Shrimp Burgers

The regular Shrimp Burger is my wife’s favorite because it has more of a grilled chicken style texture to the shrimp patty, even though it isn’t actually grilled. It is made with a ground and seasoned patty with out the seasoned deep fried crispy crust around the outside and it’s delicious. It can be grilled, though, if you prefer it that way, as long as it holds it’s integrity, once it’s removed from the freezer, the patties grill just fine.

One extra crispy Shrimp burger made with a ground seasoned shrimp patty, pan fried with a panko crust.

Extra Crispy Shrimp Burgers

Personally, I do prefer the extra crispy Shrimp Burger because it’s got a pan fried, seasoned panko crust, just like fried shrimp should have. I had just a few other simple ingredients to the burger, including a few condiments you may or may not want to add but, I’m telling you, you should give this a try before you change up anything.

Shrimp Burger video tutorial by PoorMansGourmet.
Shrimp Burgers Ingredients: makes 4 to 5

2 lbs Raw Shrimp, peeled & deveined
4 Hamburger buns, toasted
1 Tomato, sliced
1 cup Shredded Lettuce
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
4 tbsp Cocktail Sauce
2 tsp Crab Boil seasoning
1/4 vegetable Oil for Frying

Just follow the instructions in the Shrimp Burger style Po’ Boy Sandwich video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how to make this burger.