Easy Beef in Black Bean Sauce Recipe

Are you ready to recreate one of the most beloved Chinese stir-fry beef dishes from the comfort of your own kitchen? Look no further! Our homemade version of beef in black bean sauce is packed with tender beef slices, bell peppers, and a mouthwatering black bean sauce that will have you reaching for seconds.

A white bowl containing rice, topped with beef, red peppers, onions and black beans.

A Chinese Classic

Beef in black bean sauce is a staple in Chinese cuisine, often found on the menus of Chinese restaurants and takeaways. Each establishment and family has their own unique twist on this dish, and now we’re sharing our version with you. Get ready to experience the same flavors you love from your favorite Chinese restaurant, right in your own home!

Chinese stir-fry dishes are not only delicious but also incredibly easy to make. This recipe, in particular, requires minimal ingredients and is perfect for those busy weeknight dinners. Pair it with a bowl of fragrant jasmine rice, egg fried rice, or noodles, and you have a satisfying and flavorful meal.

The Flavorful Secret

If you haven’t tried black bean beef stir fry, you’re in for a treat. This dish is savory, umami-packed, and slightly salty. While it may not have a lot of sauce, the flavors are incredibly rich and addictive. Want to know the best part? We’re sharing all our tips and tricks to help you recreate this dish with ease. It’s much simpler than you may have imagined!

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The Key Ingredients

Let’s talk about the essential ingredients for this recipe:

  • Beef: Choose cuts like ribeye, rump, sirloin, chuck, or flank steak for this recipe. To ensure tender meat, tenderize it with a mixture of corn starch, baking soda, Shao Xing wine, sugar, and soy sauce.

  • Baking Soda & Corn Starch: Adding baking soda and corn starch to the beef helps retain moisture and keep the slices tender. The corn starch creates a thin coating layer that prevents the meat from drying out. It’s a Chinese cooking secret for achieving incredibly tender beef.

  • Shao Xing Wine: This Chinese cooking rice wine removes any unpleasant odors from the meat and adds a delightful extra layer of flavor to the stir-fry.

  • Black Bean: The star ingredient of this dish is black bean sauce. Use salted fermented black soybeans, also known as Douchi or touchi in Chinese. They provide a salty, savory, and umami taste. You can find dried fermented black beans in packets or in sauce form. Alternatively, you can use black bean garlic sauce, which is available in brands like Lee Kum Kee, Amoy, Wing Yip, and more. Whole black beans can be purchased at Chinese or Oriental grocery stores or online.

  • Stir Fry Sauce: The sauce is a simple mixture of oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar, corn starch, Shao Xing wine, and water.

  • Vegetables: Bell peppers and onions are the ideal choice for this recipe. However, feel free to customize it with your favorite stir-fry vegetables like carrots, mangetout, broccoli, baby corn, or mushrooms.

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Let’s Get Cooking!

Now that you have all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to start cooking. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Begin by marinating the beef slices in a mixture of soy sauce, Shao Xing wine, baking soda, corn starch, sugar, and light soy sauce.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine all the ingredients for the stir-fry sauce and set it aside. Roughly chop the black bean seeds.

  3. Heat a large wok or pan, drizzle some oil, and sear the beef slices for 2-3 minutes on each side until browned.

  4. Add the onions and bell peppers to the pan and toss them together with the beef for about 1-2 minutes. Remove the mixture from the pan and set it aside.

  5. In the same pan, drizzle a bit more oil and sauté the garlic over medium heat for 1 minute. Next, add the ginger and black beans, and stir-fry for another 1-2 minutes.

  6. Pour in the sauce mixture and allow it to thicken. Return the beef and vegetables to the pan and combine them well with the sauce. Stir for an additional 1-2 minutes.

  7. Transfer the beef in black bean sauce to a serving plate and get ready to indulge in a flavorful Chinese feast!

Note: If you opt for ready-made black bean sauce instead of black bean seeds, you can add 1 tablespoon of sauce.

White bowl containing beef stir fry with vegetables and black bean sauce, over white rice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need a special wok for this recipe?

A: Not at all! A non-stick wok or pan will work perfectly fine.

More Delicious Chinese Beef Recipes

If you’re craving more Chinese-inspired dishes, be sure to try our other mouthwatering beef recipes. Each one is packed with authentic flavors and guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds.

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