Black Bean Sauce

Black Bean Sauce

This simple Chinese takeaway style black bean sauce combines savoury & salty black beans, aromatic garlic & sweet oyster sauce. Add your choice of chicken, beef, king prawns or vegetables as desired.


Black Bean Sauce
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
  • 20 g black beans
  • 100 ml hot water
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • Dash sesame oil
  • 1/2 green pepper chopped
  • 1/2 red or yellow pepper chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • pinch salt
  • pinch msg
  • pinch white pepper
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 75 ml water
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp potato flour or cornflour mixed with 1 tbsp water
  • 1-2 tbsps Shaoxing rice wine
  1. In a bowl, cover 20g black beans with 100ml hot water.  Mix briefly, stand for 2-3 minutes, rinse & drain.  Add the chopped garlic, 1 tsp of vegetable oil, sugar & sesame oil.  Roughly mash, mix well & set aside.

  2. Add the remaining 2 tsps vegetable oil to a hot wok over medium heat.  Add the chopped peppers & onion.  Stir-fry for 1 minute.  Add the prepared black bean mix and stir-fry for a further 1-2 minutes until aromatic.

  3. Add the salt, msg, white pepper, dark soy sauce & water.  Mix well, increase the heat to high and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.

  4. Add the oyster sauce.  Stir-fry for 1 minute until the sauce begins to thicken slightly.  Thicken further with the potato flour / corn flour mix and stir-fry for a further 30 seconds until the sauce reaches the desired consistency.  Finish with 1-2 tbsps rice wine.

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