Stir-Fried Eel With Black Bean

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 6 mins

Adaptation of a recipe from the BBC website, I have made it easier to cook using more common ingredients. I really enjoyed it but please look at the ingredients before cooking - it certainly won't be a 'crowd pleaser' and has a quite strong and distinctive taste. It serves one as a large dish, or two as an entree / light meal.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut eel into 2.5cm (1-inch) pieces and roll in cornflour.
  2. Mix garlic, ginger, sesame oil, black bean paste and chili flakes in a small bowl along with two tablespoons of water.
  3. Heat a wok until very hot.
  4. Add mixture closely followed by eel pieces and stir-fry for one minute.
  5. Add sherry, soy and onion and stir-fry around five minutes until eel is cooked.
  6. Serve with plain steamed rice.
Most Helpful

5 5

I did not have black bean paste, which is a shame, because the dish was so good without it that I can only imagine how great it would taste with it! I put a little more of everything, because I had more fish than the recipe asked for, and we finished all in minutes. I am now longing to try it with black bean paste. By the way, it was also very quick!

5 5

We really enjoy eating Japanese eel at our favourite Japanese restaurant so hubby brought home an eel from a farmer who also had a fish shop. This recipe was easy to make and the directions were perfect. Hubby enjoyed the taste but I was too scared to eat the snake fish :). Thanks Peter for posting this recipe or I wouldn't know what to do with this eel.