Stir-fried Fish with Black Bean Sauce

Stir-fried fish
There is a few ways of cooking fish healthy; steaming, grilling, poaching, baking and stir-frying without oil. My favorite among them is stir-frying, cooking at a high heat for a very short time. I like that sizzling sound when I’m cooking. Quick and easy!

Tips for stir-frying

  • Cut up my protein and vegetables into similar size and arrange them on the side, ready to go.
  • Pre-heat the non-stick wok or deep skillet at medium to high.
  • Cook onion, garlic, ginger first. You can add oil at this point. I tend to use a bit of water or a drizzle of coconut oil for cooking.
  • Cook your protein to about 50% and take it out. Don’t crowd the pan!
  • Put it back in when vegetables are cooked so that the protein is not overcooked.
  • Cook harder vegetables first since they take longer to cook.
  • Keep moving them making sure they don’t stick to the pan and cook evenly.
  • Put any kinds of sauce towards the end.

I cut up fish fillet into a bite size same as vegetables (I used cabbage and eggplant today). Stir-fry fish and veggies as above. Then I added black bean sauce at the end to coat all ingredients. The sauce consists of black bean paste, a teaspoon of cooking wine, a teaspoon of soy sauce, a teaspoon of minced garlic, a teaspoon of brown sugar and a teaspoon of sesame oil. Mix all these ingredients in a small bowl and then add into the wok. When it’s done, top with sesame seeds and coriander leaves. Serve with rice. I find using water instead oil while stir-frying makes this cooking method healthy. You can always add a bit of sesame oil at the end to taste and for healthy fat. Enjoy x

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