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Shrimp in Black Bean Sauce Recipe: Easy, Exotic from Belize

Shrimp in Black Bean Sauce in Wooden Bowl

This deliciously simple and healthy recipe combines shrimp and nutritious black beans. You can also substitute pork, beef, chicken, or other seafood.

Recipes and photos courtesy Flavors of Belize The Cookbook.

Serves 6

2 pounds shrimp, peeled, deveined

2 teaspoons salt, to taste

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

6 tablespoons olive oil

3 teaspoons garlic, crushed

¾ cup red onion, diced

½ cup green bell peppers, deseeded, diced

2 teaspoons sugar

1 tablespoon soy sauce, to taste

6 tablespoons black bean garlic sauce

1 tablespoon habanero or cayenne pepper, optional

1 cup water, as needed



Salt and pepper shrimp. Sauté garlic in olive oil until aromatic, about 3 minutes. Add shrimp and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until shrimp is half cooked. Remove shrimp from sauté pan and set aside. Sauté onions and green bell peppers. Add sugar and black bean garlic sauce, continue to sauté for 2 or 3 minutes adding a little water if necessary to keep the sauce liquid. Return shrimp to pan, sauté 2 to 3 minutes. Serve over white rice or noodles.


These ingredients may be added when sautéing green bell peppers and onions.

½ cup carrots, julienned

½ cup broccoli florets, sliced

½ cup cauliflower florets, sliced


Shrimp can be substituted with lobster, chicken, beef, pork, or fish. Add 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger with chicken, beef, pork, or fish.

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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.

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