Clams in Black Bean Sauce

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Clams in Black Bean Sauce
Clams in Black Bean Sauce
Farina Wong Kingsley

Clams in Black Bean Sauce

The pungent saltiness of fermented black beans adds depth of flavor and color to this crowd-pleaser. Perfect with just steamed rice and sautéed vegetables, or double the sauce and serve on top of fresh egg noodles to serve as a satisfying entrée.

4
Servings
405
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the black bean sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons fermented black beans, rinsed well
  • 1/2 Teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 Teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 Cup water

For the clams

  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 Cup plus 1 tablespoon scallions, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons minced ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red Fresno chile, seeded and minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Chinese rice wine
  • 3 Pounds Manila or littleneck clams, scrubbed and drained
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro

Directions

For the black bean sauce

Combine all of the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl. Set aside.

For the clams

Heat a large wok over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot add 2 tablespoons of the oil and sauté ¼ cup of the scallions, the ginger, garlic, and chile until fragrant, 10 seconds. Add the rice wine to the pan and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, 30 seconds. Stir the black bean sauce into the pan and bring to a quick boil, 30 seconds.

Add the clams to the pan and stir-fry until the clams are well coated. Cover the wok with a lid, reduce the heat to medium, and steam the clams until they open, 3-4 minutes. Discard any unopened clams. Sprinkle the remaining scallions and the cilantro over the clams and stir-fry the clams for 1 more minute. Transfer the clams to a warmed bowl and serve immediately.

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Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
11g
17%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
1g
6%
Cholesterol
102mg
34%
Protein
52g
100%
Carbs
20g
7%
Vitamin A
318µg
35%
Vitamin B12
38µg
100%
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
7.9%
Vitamin C
19mg
31%
Vitamin D
3IU
1%
Vitamin E
4mg
19%
Vitamin K
28µg
35%
Calcium
153mg
15%
Fiber
1g
4%
Folate (food)
30µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
30µg
8%
Iron
6mg
34%
Magnesium
81mg
20%
Monounsaturated
5g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
8%
Phosphorus
712mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
284mg
8%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
11.4%
Sodium
2621mg
100%
Sugars, added
1g
N/A
Zinc
2mg
14%

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