Fast Recipes

Baked salmon with black bean sauce

In a hurry? Whip up this simple fish dish with an easy, DIY black bean sauce.

By Tony Tan
  • 10 mins cooking
  • 20 mins marinating
  • Serves 2
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This is one of my go-to dishes for when visitors drop by unexpectedly or when I'm in a hurry. Snapper or any flaky fish would also be great in place of the salmon.


  • 1 tsbp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsbp honey
  • 2 salmon fillets (200gm each)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cornflour, dissolved in 1 tbsp water
  • Steamed jasmine rice, to serve
Black bean sauce
  • 50 gm (⅓ cup) salted black beans (see note), rinsed and lightly mashed
  • 1½ tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1½ tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 250 ml (1 cup) chicken stock
  • Pinch of sugar


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Place soy and honey in a small bowl, season to taste and mix well. Brush salmon with soy marinade and place, skin-side down, on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Leave for 20 minutes to marinate.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, for black bean sauce, stir ingredients in a bowl to combine well.
  • 3
    Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat, add oil and swirl to coat. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant (20 seconds). Add black bean sauce, reduce heat to medium, and cook for 3-5 minutes, then stir in cornflour mixture and cook until sauce boils and thickens (about 1 minute).
  • 4
    Meanwhile, bake salmon until cooked to your liking (8-10 minutes for medium).
  • 5
    Top rice with salmon, pour over sauce and scatter with spring onion to serve.


Note Salted black beans are available from Asian grocers
and select supermarkets.