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Gluten-free Shrimp With Lobster Sauce Recipe


A few changes to my Shrimp With Lobster Sauce recipe transforms it into a gluten-free dish. This recipe comes from Kim Moritsugu, author of The Hungry Novelist food blog.

Yield: Serves 3 to 4


  • For sauce:
  • 1/8 – 1/4 lb. ground pork
  • 2 t. wheat-free soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 t. cornstarch
  • 3 T. canned black beans, drained* (Chinese black beans, also called salted, fermented or dried black beans, see note below)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1 T. wheat-free soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 T. sherry or Madeira
  • 1 t. sugar
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 2 T. water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2 T. oil for stir-frying
  • .
  • The shrimp:
  • 1 lb. frozen large shrimp, thawed and shelled
  • 1 T. sherry, rice wine or Madeira
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 t. cornstarch
  • 3 T. oil for stir-frying
  • 2 t. minced ginger
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 c. frozen peas or steamed broccoli florets


Preparation: 1. In a bowl, marinate the shrimp in the sherry, salt and cornstarch for 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, make sauce: mix ground pork in bowl with 2 t. tamari, pepper and cornstarch.
3. Mash black beans with fork (or in mini-food processor type chopper). Mix with minced garlic. Set aside.
3. In a small bowl, mix 1 T. tamari, 1 T. sherry, sugar, and chicken broth. Set aside. In a separate small bowl, stir 1 T. cornstarch into 2 T. cold water. Set aside.
4. In yet another small bowl, lightly beat eggs with salt.
5. Heat wok or large skillet over medium-high to high heat, add 2 T. oil, when hot, stir-fry bean-garlic mixture until aromatic. Add ground pork, stir-fry until it changes colour. Remove to another bowl and clean out the wok.
6. Add sauce to pan, bring to a boil, give cornstarch mixture a stir and add it to sauce. Stir quickly to thicken sauce, add pork mixture back into pan and combine all. Set aside but keep warm. Clean out pan.
7. Heat the pan over medium-high to high heat. Add the 3 T. oil. When the oil is hot, add the ginger and green onion. Stir-fry until aromatic (about 30 seconds). Add the shrimp and stir-fry until they turn pink.
8. Stir in frozen peas or steamed broccoli, 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 over steamed white or brown rice.

*Guide Note about Chinese black beans: You'll want to take care when choosing canned Chinese salted black beans, as some brands contain soy sauce, which normally has a wheat gluten component. (except for soy sauce brands advertised as gluten-free). Another option is to purchase Chinese salted black beans sold in plastic bags.

Shrimp With Lobster Sauce - my recipe
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Gluten-free Shrimp With Lobster Sauce recipe reprinted with permission.

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