{Recipe + Video} Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce 豉椒炒鱿魚

Asian Style Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce
Squid is notoriously hard to cook because its collagen-rich flesh tastes fishy or turns hard and rubbery when it’s undercooked or overcooked. In this post, I’d like to show you how to prepare squid the Chinese way and cook this easy and delicious Stir-Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce.

While squid is a delicacy in China, the phrase “stir-fried squid” in Chinese holds a rather unpleasant connotation when used outside the context of food. When someone says “stir-fried squid”, it literally means getting fired from one’s employment.

The background story is not so intuitive if you are not familiar with Chinese culture but in a nutshell, It’s because the squid curls into tubes when cooked, that tubular shape closely resembles the shape of rolled up bed sheet, which, in old days, means packing up your personal belongs (bed sheets) and leave your job.

So, do not ever shout “stir-fried squid” to someone in Chinese unless you are at a dinner table!Asian Style Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce

Speaking of tubes, it’s important to know that pieces of squid don’t just automatically roll into pretty looking tubes when you cook it. But you are in luck today because I am going to walk you through the necessary preparation so your squid would curl up like the one in the picture above.

How to Prepare Squid the Asian Like a Pro

Always start with fresh squid. Remove the skin before you do anything else.

Then, split the squid in halves lengthwise to expose the inside.

With the inside facing up, gently score the flesh at 60 degree angle, about 1/8” apart. Remember when you score, you don’t actually cut through the flesh.

Once you reach the edge of the flesh, turn the squid 90 degrees and repeat the above process. The second set of cuts should be perpendicular to the first set. Once done scoring, cut the squid into 1”x2” strips and you are ready to go!
Asian Style Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce
Does that sound complicated?

I think so too. That’s why I also made a YouTube video to demonstrate the process of preparing squid PLUS how to make this Stir-fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce dish.

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More on Cooking Squid

As I mentioned in the beginning, a lot of home cooks I know are frustrated with cooking squid. When you undercook it, it’s fishy and chewy. When you overcook it, it becomes hard and rubbery with one exception – when it’s stewed for over an hour, it’s tender again. So where is the sweet spot?

It depends on the temperature and cooking method. If we focus on stir-frying and boiling only, it should take no less than 1 minute but no longer than 4 minutes. Yeah that’s a very narrow window but that’s what it takes to make a tasty squid dish.Asian Style Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce

Just as a reference, to make this Squid in Black Bean Sauce dish tender and juicy, the squid is only stir fried over high heat for a little over 1 minute after blanching. The texture will be very different if you cook for one minute longer.

Step-by-step recipe

Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce 豉椒炒鱿魚

Yield: 2 Servings

Prep Time:10 mins

Cook Time:10 mins

Total Time:20 mins

Learn to make this quick and easy Stir-Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce following my step-by-step instructions at http://yireservation.com


  • 2 large squid, skin removed
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 2 slice ginger
  • 2tbsp Shaoxing cooking wine
  • 1tbsp soy sauce
  • 1tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1tbsp fermented black beans
  • Cornstarch slurry (1tsp cornstarch + 1tbsp water)


Clean and cut the squid. Please read the instruction above or watch my YouTube video on how to properly prepare squid.Asian Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce 豉椒炒鱿魚Sliced the squid into smaller strips, around 1"x2".Asian Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce 豉椒炒鱿魚Mince the garlic and slice the ginger. Cut bell pepper into strips.Asian Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce 豉椒炒鱿魚Soak the fermented black beans in cold water for 1 minute. Drain off the liquid.Asian Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce 豉椒炒鱿魚Bring a pot of water to a hard boil. Blanch the cut up squid in the boiling water for 20 seconds or as soon as the squid curls up. This step is to remove the liquid from squid. Remove the squid and drain off the excess water. Set aside.Asian Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce 豉椒炒鱿魚Heat up 2 tbsp of oil in a wok or fry pan over medium heat. When it’s smoky, add the ginger, garlic, and black bean and stir fry for about 30 seconds.Asian Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce 豉椒炒鱿魚Add bell pepper to the wok and stir constantly for about 2 minutes.Asian Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce 豉椒炒鱿魚Turn the heat to high and add the blanched squid to the wok. Stir to mix.Asian Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce 豉椒炒鱿魚Add the cooking wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce. Stir fry constant for 30 seconds. Mix in the cornstarch slurry and stir for another 20 seconds or so. Turn off the heat and serve immediately. Asian Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce 豉椒炒鱿魚 

Have you cooked squid before? Please share your experience in the comment area!
Asian Style Stir Fried Squid in Black Bean Sauce