Shrimp With Lobster Sauce

Shrimp with lobster sauce
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings

People are often surprised to discover that this popular dish doesn't contain lobster at all. The name comes from the fact that one of the ingredients is fermented black beans, which the Cantonese use when preparing Cantonese lobster.
Serves 3 to 4


  • 1 recipe lobster sauce 

  • 3/4 pound shrimp, preferably tiger shrimp

  • 1 tablespoon rice wine, or dry sherry

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 3 tablespoons oil

  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger

  • 1 medium green onion, coarsely chopped

Steps to Make It

  1. Make the lobster sauce first, and keep it warm.

  2. Run the shrimp under warm running water until thawed. Pat dry with paper towels. Shell and devein if necessary.

  3. Marinate the shrimp in the rice wine or sherry, salt and cornstarch for 15 minutes.

  4. Heat the wok over medium-high to high heat. Add the oil.

  5. When the oil is hot, add the ginger and green onion. Stir-fry until aromatic (about 30 seconds).

  6. Add the shrimp and stir-fry until they turn pink.

  7. Push the shrimp up to the sides of the pan and add the sauce in the middle. Bring to a boil and then mix in with the shrimp. Serve hot.