Shrimp and Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce Recipe

Shrimp and Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce is a quick, healthy and filling. Serve over rice or noodles. The black bean sauce is the perfect complement to shrimp.



Shrimp and Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 375kcal
Author: Kelly DiMascio
This is a super easy and tasty dinner you can get on the table in a hurry. Make sure you use wild caught shrimp not farm raised.
This is a great camping recipe to cook over a campfire for your next camping trip.  See Notes.
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  • 3 lbs peeled & deveined shrimp - about a 1/2 lb per person
  • 8 oz bottle Chinese Black Bean Sauce
  • 1 bunch Asparagus - typically the bundle at the grocery store is enough to feed 4-6
  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 T Dark sesame oil
  • 1 T Sesame seeds
  • 1 t crushed red pepper - to taste, optional


  • Spray a saute pan with cooking spray
  • Cook shrimp on both side for a minute or two - then add black bean sauce
  • If you are adding red pepper add it now.
  • Toss asparagus with dark sesame oil and add to pan.
  • Cook until shrimp is cooked through.
  • Asparagus should still be crisp.
  • Serve over noodles or rice tossed with dark sesame oil.
  • Top with sesame seeds.
  • Serve Immediately.


Campfire version:
If you are cooking over a campfire a cast iron skillet is wonderful for this dish, if not any pan will do. Fresh Asparagus is great but doesn't hold up well to the rigors of travel for more than a day or two - you can use canned or substitute broccoli.
Note on Wild Shrimp vs farm-raised shrimp:
Wild Shrimp is best for this recipe. If you are in Alaska or the Northwest and have access to Prince William Sound Side Stripe Shrimp it adds a nice sweet flavor. Key West pink shrimp is also recommended. I personally don't like the farm-raised freshwater shrimp from the US or Vietnam.


Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 572mg | Sodium: 2379mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 13.6mg | Calcium: 374mg | Iron: 7.1mg
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