This Salmon with Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce rivals the takeout version you know and love!
How often do you get Chinese takeout? We have it at least twice a month, partly because we have loads of great Chinese delivery in San Francisco. Some of my favorite dishes to order are hot and sour soup, steamed fish with bok choy, and chicken mu shu. Another dish I love that is on just about every local Chinese restaurant menu is Salmon with Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce. It’s loaded with two of my favorite ingredients, and the savory sauce is delicious. I can’t say that it seems particularly healthy even though it has wholesome ingredients. That’s the bad thing about getting takeout: You have no control over how much oil is used in your food.
There’s no reason this classic dish has to be served in an oil-laden sauce! The salmon adds plenty of healthy oil on its own, and the black bean sauce is loaded with flavor. Speaking of the sauce, I briefly considered making my own, but it uses too many rare ingredients that I didn’t want to buy (and didn’t think you would either). You can find black bean garlic sauce in the Asian section of most grocery stores, so just pick up a jar there to make this recipe very easy!
Here are a few of my must-haves for Asian cooking!
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