Shrimp in Black Bean Sauce

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// Shrimp in Black Bean Sauce

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

7-8 mins

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Cooking shrimp in the microwave is our favorite way to achieve fast, perfectly cooked seafood on a weeknight. Plus, it traps all of the pesky seafood flavors! In this dish, sweet shrimp are cooked in a rich, dark sauce made with fermented black beans. You can find Black Bean-Chili paste in your local Asian market!

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well..

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Shallow Dish

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When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

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The Medium Shallow Dish


  • ¼ cup (30g) red bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup (30g) yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped, or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons black bean garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 8 oz (225g) shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


  1. Place red pepper, onion, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, black bean sauce, oyster sauce, water, sugar, cornstarch, and salt into the Anyday and mix to combine.
  1. Cover with lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave for 3-4 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened and fragrant.
  2. Stir the sauce, add the shrimp, and continue cooking for 4-5 minutes, or until the shrimp are cooked through.
  3. Top with scallions and enjoy.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • To bulk up the vegetables in this dish, substitute peppers with bok choy or cabbage.
  • Use chicken, tofu or pork loin instead of shrimp. Be sure to adjust cook times as needed!
  • Top with chili crisp or chili oil for a spicy kick.

Recipe notes

  • Why use a Shallow Anyday dish? Shrimp need plenty of room to spread out to cook evenly. A Shallow Anyday dish offers more surface area on the bottom, giving the shrimp enough room to steam to perfection!
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

Microwave Match-Up: Shrimp

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Appliance Cook Time
Microwave in an Anyday dish 3 mins
Oven* 15 mins
Stove* 5 mins
Instant Pot* 16 mins
*includes preheating time

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