Whole Sea Bass in Black-Bean Sauce


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  • Serves


    as a main course .
    • Difficulty


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By Irene Kuo

Published 1977

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This is an earthy dish, full of the rich flavors of fermented black beans, garlic, ginger, and scallions. The whole fish is shallow-fried, then simmered with the seasoning sauce. It is dark red and saucy, like Red-cooked Sea Bass with Meat Stuffing, but it has a more pronounced taste.


  • 1 sea bass, about pounds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Cornsta



Have the fish cleaned and scaled, but leave the head and tail on. Rinse and dry it. Score the fish 3 times on a slant on each side, about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle and rub the salt over the inside and outside. Dust the fish lightly and evenly with the cornstarch.

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